The need for better water management
For many countries across the world, allocation of water for the environment is considered a competitive user rather than understanding that the environment is valuable resource that support all water users and a crucial element of water security.
This is problematic as estimates show that with current population growth and water management practices, the world will face a 40% shortfall between forecast demand and available supply of water by 2030.
The Water Reserves Initiative
The water reserves approach is a science-based allocation policy aiming to safeguarding water in the environment and transforming water management.
The main goal of the initiative is to allocate to the environment at least 30% of the total water available in LAC to secure protection of the main freshwater ecosystems and free-flowing rivers, and the benefits that flow from them.
We have a unique opportunity to implement a preventive allocation of water to the environment with the potential to trigger the transformation of water management practice.
- Identifying potential water reserves. These are river basins with high water availability and high ecological importance
- Key intervention to synergize policies, information and knowledge gaps (eflows assesments, etc.), allocation mechanisms, capacity needs, social demands (native communities), international commitments, and new approaches such as adaptation to climate change, risk management, green infrastructure, and international cooperation.