Joint Management of Transboundary Watersheds : Promoting Peace and Collaboration

Equitable access to and efficient management of water is critical for sustainable development, ecosystem protection, and social and political stability. Water rights and management are an important source of tension between Latin American countries, given that 60% of the continent belongs to transboundary watersheds. With growing demand for fresh water, the risk of conflict is likely to increase.

This project will endeavor to promote international agreements that mutually benefit people living in trans-boundary watersheds by facilitating conflict resolution, transboundary cooperation and joint integrated management of shared water resources. The project builds on the experience of Agua Sustentable in developing rigorous and innovative methods to document the use and management of water by indigenous people and to anticipate the consequences of political decisions on local populations in the Rio Mauri watershed, Bolivia. It will promote international agreements on transboundary water to facilitate conflict resolution and strengthen the capacity of governments, social organizations and communities to jointly and more efficiently manage water resources in three watersheds - Mauri, Pilcomayo and Silala - and shared by five countries - Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Peru.

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Start Date

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

End Date

Thursday, August 1, 2013


48 months

IDRC Officer

De Plaen, Renaud

Total funding

CA$ 1,000,100


South America, North and Central America, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, West Indies


Agriculture and Food Security


Centro de Apoyo a la Gestión Sustentable del Agua y el Medio Ambiente "Agua Sustentable","Bolivia

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