This report from Argentina’s Fundación Bariloche shows how solar and wind power are being used to pump well water and power irrigation systems in water-scarce northern Patagonia.
These technological advances can improve agricultural water supply, but only when accompanied by better regulations. Water-efficient technologies receive little support, and interventions are piecemeal. What is needed is integrated, basin-scale management of water and energy resources – a challenge given that water is managed only at the local and provincial levels.
Addressing management challenges will require improved knowledge of underground water resources, better institutional coordination, and increased investment in water-supply infrastructure for rural dwellers and smallholder farmers.
Download the full report: “Clean energy and water: An assessment of services for adaptation to climate change”
This is one of four reports produced by the IDRC-funded project Clean Energy and Water: An Assessment of Services for Local Adaptation to Climate Change. The project analyzes how water and renewable energy services can be combined to enhance the resilience of resource-constrained communities to climate variability.