SuizAgua América Latina - El Agua nos Une


Fabricato - industrial water treatment and reuse plant
Planta de tratamiento y reuso agua industrial ©Fabricato

Water management being one of the main challenges of the 21st century, the generation of knowledge to make decisions and collaboration between different sectors; are the axis of the present and future well-being of humanity. The initiative “El Agua Nos Une” articulates the work of public institutions, business associations and research organisations. It aims at: i) scaling corporate water stewardship in Colombia; ii) strengthening knowledge on water uses, particularly in the agricultural sector; iii) contributing to the national water quality and quantity monitoring program; iv) developing an investment scheme in ecosystem services; and; v) facilitating a community of practice on water footprint and corporate water management in Latin America

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Colombia
Global
Latin America
Water
Integrated water resource management (watershed)
Water economics (governance, finance, private sector)
Water
Water sector policy and administrative management
Integrated water resource management (watershed)
Water economics (governance, finance, private sector)
Water for agriculture and food
Water resources policy and advocacy
01.01.2016 - 31.12.2020
CHF 2'000'000
Background The OECD estimates that by 2030, nearly 4 billion people in the world - almost half of the population - will live under conditions of severe water stress. The Water Objective (SDG 6) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls for action and mobilization of the different sectors to face the global water crisis. In addition, the private sector is increasingly aware that weaknesses in integrated water resource management are a substantial risk to business. Therefore, committed alliances among different actors must promote good governance, equitable access to water and efficient water management. In this context, there is a need for recognized and standardized tools to lead water risk management at corporate and territorial levels
Objectives

It aims at: i) scaling corporate water stewardship in Colombia; ii) strengthening knowledge on water uses, particularly in the agricultural sector; iii) contributing to the national water quality and quantity monitoring program; iv) developing an investment scheme in ecosystem services; and; v) facilitating a community of practice on water footprint and corporate water management in Latin America.

 

Target groups

Direct: communities involved in water stewardship actions and MiParamo implementation, mostly in vulnerable socioeconomic conditions. Public institutions, business associations and companies.

Intermediate: water practitioners companies’ stakeholders and citizens reached by public awareness actions.

Medium-term outcomes
  • Facilitate a public private partnership to provide at least 20 convincing business cases
  • 2 water policy instruments enriched (agriculture and water quality)
  • 1 scheme for investment on ecosystem services established.
  • Scaling corporate water stewardship in Latin America linked to the Pacific Alliance.
Results

Expected results:  

  • Lead business cases of corporate water stewardship, more than 30 partner companies. Partnership with ANDI, CNPML, Insitu and Quantis. It includes application the water footprint (ISO 14046), achievement of the value chain involvement and implementation of collective actions for better water management.
  • Create and invigorate a community of practice in Latin America, reaching professionals and institutions from at least 10 countries.
    Knowledge development and business cases in Mexico, in coordination with public bodies and with the Life Cycle Analysis Center (CADIS), strengthening the relation with the Pacific Alliance.
  • Development of stronger criteria for agricultural planning based on crop water requirements and water availability, along with the IDEAM, the agricultural sector UPRA – Ministry of Agriculture and CTA.
  • Contribution to the design and implementation of the National Water Monitoring Program (quantity and quality) with IDEAM.
  • Development of the investment scheme in ecosystem services "MiParamo" for the conservation of the high mountain ecosystem and improve living conditions of the vulnerable population.


Results from previous phases:  

  • The water footprint went from being a little-known concept to a tool used by the private sector, public institutions, academia and research centers. The water footprint contributes as an indicator to evaluate, monitor and prioritize investments to reduce the direct and indirect impacts of water uses, within the production of goods and services.
  • A productive Public Private Partnership experience with 11 multinational companies from diverse productive sectors
  • The partner companies invested about 2.5 Mio USD in the reduction and monitoring of the water footprint and in actions at the water basin.
  • The water footprint was included, for the first time, in the National Water Study of (ENA), as IDEAM’s renowned public policy instrument.
  • Knowledge management and communication was achieved and supported international visibility and scaling up in the region (Peru and Chile).


Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign academic and research organisation
Private sector
  • Foreign private sector South/East
  • Research Organisation of South East
  • SDC Field Office

Implementing partner
Local private sector
Universities and other research organisations in the partner country
Multiple Local Partners
National Institute of Environmental Studies (IDEAM), Rural Agricultural Planning Unit (UPRA) / Ministry of Agriculture, National Business Association (ANDI), CEO Water Mandate – UN GC, 30 partner companies, Centre of Science Technology (CTA), National Cleaner Production Center (CNPML), Quantis and Insitu, Alianza BioCuenca (water fund), Good Stuff International.

Other partners
  • National Institute of Environmental Studies (IDEAM)
  • Rural Agricultural Planning Unit (UPRA)/Ministry of Agriculture National
  • Business Association (ANDI)
  • CEO Water Mandate - UN GC
  • 30 partner companies
  • Centre of Science Technology (CTA)
  • National Cleaner Production Center (CNPML)
  • Quantis and Insitu
  • Alianza BioCuenca (water fund)
  • Good Stuff International
Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   2'000'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'503'716 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF  5'700'000
Project phases Phase 4 01.01.2016 - 31.12.2020   (Current phase) Phase 2 01.06.2012 - 31.05.2015   (Completed) Phase 1 01.06.2009 - 31.08.2013   (Completed)