LAC Focus: Water Security under the Regional Cooperation Efforts

Healthy ecosystems provide the basis for the water on which human health and well-being depend. However, inefficient water use, poorly-designed water projects, uncontrolled industrial pollution, rapid population growth, and climate change are placing a burden on these ecosystems and the future availability of freshwater resources. Integrated approaches to WASH and ecosystem conservation are critical for addressing these threats and require collaboration between the development sector, which promotes water infrastructure, and the conservation sector, focused on the protection of water resources. Examples of integrated efforts already exist. However, these efforts will need to be scaled up and multiplied to meet the world’s growing environmental and development challenges.

 

This session will offer an opportunity for cross-regional learning. Efforts to integrate WASH and conservation in different regions of the world will be presented as an opportunity for discussion: what can we learn from other regions? Are all best practices transferrable, or do some depend on the local context?

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