International experts, in Brazil's Capital, debate the future of water in Latin America and the Caribbean

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BRASILIA, Brazil - The World Water Forum is currently being held from March 18 to the 23rd in the Brazilian Capital and will provide the best experts in the sector. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has coordinated the Regional Process of the Americas, which synthesizes the status of water ressources in the Americas.

The 2018 World Water Forum started in Brasilia (Brazil) with a call to make access to water and sanitation a central issue in the global development agenda. Every three years, the Forum brings together the main experts in water and sanitation, from government and the private sector, as well as from civil society and academia.

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) coordinated the work of the Regional Process for the Americas, which represented the continent's voice during the Forum. As a result of this process, the vast majority of key players in the water and sanitation sector had a voice and presence in the Forum. Indeed, the IDB has been able to count on the collaboration of organizations such as the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the International Hydrological Program of UNESCO, the National Association of Water Enterprises and Mexico's Sanitation AC (ANEAS), the Global Water Partnership and the Caribbean Development Bank (CBD). Also participating in the preparation of the regional studies were the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and the University of the Andes.

As part of the Regional Process for the Americas, discussions will be organized on the following topics:

Water as a driver of well-being in the Americas: How to make water and sanitation services a factor of sustainable economic development?

How to strengthen resilience and risk reduction through green infrastructure in the Americas?

Water in Food Security and Rural Development in the Americas: Current Challenges and Opportunities.

Progress in the efficiency of water and sanitation services in the Americas.
Water Fund: Financial mechanisms for watershed conservation through nature-based solutions.

Financing for Development: Innovative Financial Mechanisms for the 2030 Agenda.

IDB Vice President Alexandre Meira da Rosa led the IDB delegation to the Forum. He stressed the importance of protecting the region's water resources, not only for the well-being of Latin Americans and Caribbean people, but also for its economic importance. He said: "About 70% of the electricity we consume comes from hydropower generation, more than any other region in the world. Many of our major export products depend on a steady and sufficient flow of water. "

For his part, IDB Director of Infrastructure and Energy, José Agustín Aguerre, said that protecting water resources could not be the sole responsibility of governments. Mr. Aguerre highlighted the experience of the Water Fund Alliance in Latin America, an initiative in which the IDB participates alongside The Nature Conservancy, the FEMSA Foundation and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Mr. Aguerre said: "The funds are institutional and financial mechanisms that allow public and private actors to coordinate with a very clear goal: promote the sustainable management of a basin through green infrastructure projects. "

The World Water Forum is organized by the World Water Council (WWC). Its mission is "to promote awareness, create political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, in order to facilitate conservation, protection, development, planning, management and management. efficient use of water in all its dimensions, from an ecologically sustainable perspective and for the benefit of all life on Earth. "

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Prizes were also awarded during the Forum to five winning proposals from the 2018 Water and Sanitation Good Practices and Experiences Competition of the Regional Process of the Americas.


Regional Process of the Americas at the 2018 World Water Forum


Monday March 19th


Tuesday March 20th

09h00 - 10h30 (GMT +2) Water for food security and rural development in the Americas: current challenges and opportunities.

11h30 - 12h30 (GMT +2) Progress in the efficiency of water and sanitation services in the Americas.

14h30 - 16h00 (GMT +2) Water Fund: Financial mechanisms for watershed conservation through nature-based solutions.


Venue: Ulisses Guimarães Conference Center and Brasilia National Stadium

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