Forging a regional approach to the implementation of multi-purpose water resource projects in the Tropical Andes

The Regional Andean Workshop “Multi-use and multi-purpose water experiences in the Tropical Andes: Integrating risk management and water resource adaptation approaches and perspectives” took place from June 6 to 8.


The workshop was an initiative organized by Proyecto Glaciares+, and represented an opportunity for discussion and strategy coordination for future water multi-purpose and multi-use Project scale-up in the Andean region. According to the program, in the first two days the workshop was closed to the public and aimed at having participants share their adaptation experiences. The last day, the workshop was opened so that the main results and findings of the previous days could be shared with Peruvian institutional stakeholders involved in adaptation to climate change, disaster risk management and integrated management of water resources.

Specialists from the region (Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru) participated in the workshop and shared their knowledge and perspectives on the challenges and opportunities present in the formulation and implementation of multi-purpose projects at regional level. Furthermore, we had the participation of many institutions as well as national and international agencies such as the NGO Agua Sostenible/Sustainable Water and Universidad Mayor de San Andrés/San Andrés University (Bolivia); the company Aguas Andinas/Andean Waters, and Universidad de Chile/University of Chile (Chile); Pontificia Universidad Javeriana/Pontifical Javeriana University and Conservación Internacional/International Conservation (Colombia); Escuela Politécnica Nacional/National Politechnical School and Universidad de Cuenca/University of Cuenca (Ecuador); Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru/Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and Proyecto Especial CHAVIMOCHIC/CHAVIMOCHIC Special Project (Peru).

Presentations and discussions held by regional experts during the closed event highlighted the technical and engineering advances made as well as the benefits provided for both risk reduction and water conflict resolution. The current challenges were also analyzed for their widespread and successful implementation in the Andean territory, and socio-institutional variables were considered to be the greatest challenge to attain this objective. Additionally, there was consensus about the need to provide real value to water resources, institutional strengthening and coordination across sectors (public, private, civil society) and levels of government to attain sustainable multi-purpose and multi-use projects in the region. Governance was essential for integrated water and risk management, thus being a key factor in the success and failure of water resource projects and /or climate change adaptation experiences.

The third and last day of the workshop was an opened event in which a summary of the discussions held in previous days was presented. Representatives of the Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, National Water Authority, Ministry of Production, CONDESAN, Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología/ National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology, Centro de Competencias del Agua/Water Skill Center, among others, participated in this discussion group.

Furthermore, the presentation delivered by Miguel Gómez, Director of Public Investment Policies and Strategies of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, raised awareness on the opportunities of multipurpose project implementation in Peru and the windows of opportunities for this kind of projects within the new Public Investment System INVIERTE.PE. According to MEF, these projects have 3 virtues that make them attractive to the new system: Social profitability, capacity to close a gap, and the adoption of a more holistic approach to investment. For this purpose, although single- purpose projects are formalized, we are working on new methodologies with the multi-purpose approach.

These are the presentations of the opened event:

  • (PDF) Armando Molina – Global Change and Its Impact on Water Resources and Erosion in the Andean Region of Ecuador
  • (PDF) C Berroeta – Collaborative Management of Water Resources
  • (PDF) César Ortiz – S-MultiStor Colombia
  • (PDF) Fabián Drenkhan – University of Zurich
  • (PDF) M Gómez – Multipurpose Investment Projects. Opportunities for implementation.
  • (PDF) P Pacheco – Enhancement of Skills to Cope with Climate Change of the Curahuara de Carangas and Turco Living System.
  • (PDF) R Fuster – Andean Regional Vision for the Implementation of the PMP project with an Emphasis on GIRH and GRD
  • (PDF) Walter Choquevilca – Pilot Multipurpose Project in the Basin of Urubamba Vilcanota – Cusco
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Glaciares+, is an initiative of the Global Climate Change and Environment Program of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation COSUDE, which works in coordination with the National Water Authority and the Ministry of the Environment, CENEPRED, APCI and the regional governments of Ancash, Cusco and Lima. The Project was implemented by CARE Perú and the Swiss Consortium, represented by the University of Zúrich.

Links of interest:
Glaciares+ Program, Project Sheet, Swiss Embassy, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation COSUDE



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