[Successful completion of on-line course] ANA specialists’ knowledge of Water Footprint concepts and Blue Certificate strengthened

The I On-line Course “Water Footprint and Blue Certificate” was successfully completed on 26 June. A total of 36 officials, professionals and specialists from the National Water Authority (ANA) attended, from across the regions of Tacna, Arequipa, Ica, Lima, Lambayeque, Cajamarca, Ucayali and Cusco.

National Water Authority Specialists, officials and professionals who attended the I On-line Water Footprint Course

The training programme was part of the SuizAgua / El Agua nos Une Project, and was held in four on-line sessions on 17, 19, 25 and 26 June. It covered the subjects regarding the importance of water sustainability, environmental indicators, Water Footprint, the ISO 14046:2014 methodology and the Blue Certificate: procedure, requirements and evaluation criteria.

The sessions were conducted by the staff of ANA’s Water Resources Administration Department (DARH), with the support of the NGO Agualimpia, the organization in charge of the project El Agua Nos Une (Water Unites Us) in Peru, with the technical and financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), through its Global Water Program.

I Workshop. Water Management. Context and indicators
17 June

Carlos Verano, a specialist from the NGO Agualimpia, made the first presentation to give an overview of water efficiency and use, sustainability, and the sustainability of water resources management, in order to provide a foundation for the following sessions.

The presentation’s agenda covered: i) an overview of water resources management (overview and current context), ii) the state of water supply and demand, iii) comprehensive water resources management, and iv) water culture.

The second part of his presentation covered the subject of water resources indicators. He presented (i) regulations, (ii) the process of formulating indicators, (iii) a pressure-state-response model, (iv) water resources information systems, and finally (v) environmental indicators.

II Workshop. Water Footprint: General concepts and methodologies
19 June

Rony Laura, a specialist from Agualimpia, presented the subject of water footprints and water footprint methodologies. Participants were expected to apply the knowledge they have acquired when evaluating the companies that are part of the Blue Certificate initiative.

III Workshop. Case study
25 June

In the third session, Rony Laura presented a practical case study, which looked at the 2014 ISO-14046 methodology, which provides guidelines for correct water footprint assessment.

This standard defines four phases for water footprint assessment: i) definition of objectives and scope, ii) inventory analysis, iii) impact assessment, and iv) interpretation of results.

IV Workshop. Blue Certificate: Procedure and evaluation  26 June

In the fourth and last session, Tania Laguna, a specialist in Water Resources of the National Water Authority’s Water Resources Administration Department, presented the Blue Certificate initiative, which the National Water Authority promotes.

This joint action consolidated the Blue Certificate as an instrument for promoting water efficiency while continuing to improve service to companies interested in being recognized throughout the country and in promoting water efficiency.

Alberto Alva, Director of DARH (ANA), closed the course and highlighted the importance of staff capacity-building in this area, and the impact that this will have on promoting water saving and increasing the country’s water availability.

He also highlighted the importance of the Blue Certificate initiatives, which should produce a ripple effect among other water users, and help improve demand management.

You can download the presentations at the following links:
(PDF) Curso Virtual Huella Hídrica – Sesión I
(PDF) Curso Virtual Huella Hídrica – Sesión II
(PDF) Curso Virtual Huella Hídrica – Sesión III
(PDF) Curso Virtual Huella Hídrica – Sesión IV-a
(PDF) Curso Virtual Huella Hídrica – Sesión IV-b

Water Unites Us/El Agua nos Une – SuizAgua

The “Water Unites Us” project improves knowledge of the impacts on water of goods and services production. It encourages public-private liaison in favour of comprehensive water resource management, through the Blue Certificate and the water footprint.

Swiss Cooperation’s Global Programme Water Initiatives has led this project since 2010 with the private sector, public agencies and research centres, to encourage responsible and committed water management in Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Brazil.

Links of interest:
Project SuizAgua, Project technical file, Embassy of Switzerland, Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC)
Web El Agua Nos Une
Web Agualimpia NGO

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