A Common Vision for Peru: Natural Infrastructure for Water Security
Recognizing the importance of natural infrastructure for water security, Peruvian leaders have initiated a rapid paradigm shift to incorporate it as a central pillar of sustainable water resources management. Under the leadership of the national water utility regulatory SUNASS, over $130 million from water tariffs is available for payments for ecosystem services (MRSE), climate change adaptation, and disaster risk management. The National Water Authority is committed to incorporating natural infrastructure into national guidance for watershed management planning, and the Ministry of Agriculture is incorporating natural infrastructure linked to water harvesting for rural communities into major budget programs. In coordination with all of these sectors, the Ministry of Environment has led the development of a comprehensive legal and technical framework to channel public and private funds to conservation efforts that sustainably manage water risks.
In this high-level panel, representatives of the Peruvian Government and USAID will share information with audience members on the extraordinary advances on natural infrastructure that have taken place in Peru in recent years, highlighting success factors as well as remaining needs to achieve the potential of natural infrastructure for Peru’s water security.
16:05 Keynote: Natural Infrastructure for Water Security in Peru
Fernando Momiy, Chief of Party, Natural Infrastructure for Water Security Project
16:20 Introduction to Government of Peru Panel
Isabel Calle, Program Director, SPDA
Lucia Ruiz, Vice Minister of Environment
Ivan Lucich, President of the Board, SUNASS
Walter Obando Licera, Chief, National Water Authority
Dirk ten Brink, Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, USAID
16:30 Moderated Panel Discussion
17:00 Audience Discussion with Panel
17:25 Closing Remarks