Inter-American Development Bank

Eye on LAC: Towards a Green Infrastructure Agenda

Wednesday 31 August | 09.00-10.30 | Room: FH Congress Hall A

Green infrastructure is an approach to water management that protects, restores and mimics the natural water cycle. It entails restoring wetlands or other nature-based solutions, rather than building costly new grey infrastructure. Rivers, streams, wetlands, floodplains, and forests provide critical services such as clean water and flood protection, and should be viewed as essential components of our water infrastructure. In LAC, many forward-looking cities are already embracing this green infrastructure approach, including Santiago, Lima and Medellin. Traditional infrastructure isn’t designed to handle the increased floods and droughts that come with global warming. Green solutions give communities the security and flexibility they need. They create jobs in different sectors, including engineering and architectural design, construction and landscaping. Green infrastructure also supports supply chains and the jobs connected to them. We are at a crossroads in how we manage our water. Traditional water infrastructure will continue to play a role, but solves only a single problem and requires a huge amount of resources to build and maintain. LAC must move towards a wiser combination of green and traditional infrastructure to meet the needs of the 21st Century. This seminar will discuss leading cases and opportunities for green infrastructure in LAC.


09:00 Keynote Speech: Towards a Green Infrastructure Agenda
Todd Gartner, Senior Associate; Manager, Natural Infrastructure for Water, WR

09:30 Panel Discussion and Q&A
Moderator: Hugo Contreras, Water Security Director, Latin America, The Nature Conservancy


  • Fernando Momiy Hada, Association of Regulators of W&S of the Americas
  • Pablo Bereciartua, National Undersecretary for Water Resources, Argentina
  • Yamileth Astorga, Executive President, AyA (San José Water Utility), Costa Rica
  • Germán González, Manager, EAAB (Bogota Water Utility), Colombia
  • Mariano Montero, Director, FEMSA Foundation

10:25 Summary and Wrap-up by Moderator: Hugo Contreras, Water Security Director, Latin America, The Nature Conservancy