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ECLAC participation in the Regional Training Workshop and Introduction to the Nexus approach between water, energy and food to member countries of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO)

8 July 2021|Briefing note

The virtual event was developed within the framework of the Development of a Hydrological Platform and Simulation Model of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus for the Amazon Basin.

ECLAC presented the "Methodological Guidelines: design of actions with a water-energy-food Nexus approach for Latin American and Caribbean countries" and the “Comparative analysis of actions focused on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and lessons learned for LAC countries” in the virtual event organized by the Member Countries of Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO) and the IDB. This 2-day workshop (July 8 and 9, 2021), aimed to strengthen the knowledge and technical and scientific capacities of the use of the Nexus methodology, thus forming a working group to start the implementation of the Study Work Plan Nexus in the Amazon Basin and its subsequent implementation in the ACTO Regional Water Resources Action Framework, including the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan.

The meeting was attended by around 100 people, among others, representatives of the OTCA member countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela), public managers, responsible for defining the scenarios and also those responsible for the management of analytical tools (i.e simulation models, geographic information systems, management of geospatial databases and time series).

Ms. Silvia Saravia Matus, from the Water and Energy Unit of the Natural Resources Division of ECLAC, commented on the work that ECLAC has been developing, with the support of the German Cooperation, in recent years regarding the Nexus approach (water-energy-food) in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region. She highlighted the importance of this approach to achieve more coherent policies and better-articulated governance systems for the efficient management of natural

On the other hand, Ms. Lisbeth Naranjo, Consultant of the Water and Energy Unit of the Natural Resources Division of ECLAC, presented the main findings of two recent ECLAC publications that address the issue of the Nexus and that are relevant to the Amazonian context. First, she highlighted the importance of having a practical tool for the adoption of actions with a Nexus approach in LAC. She also presented several case studies on IWRM, multipurpose projects, and irrigation policies or programs, which can be scaled and applied in other countries in the region, as well as in the transboundary context of the Amazon.

Finally, Ms. Saravia Matus concluded with the lessons learned and comprehensive recommendations from the perspective of ECLAC for transboundary basin contexts: 1) Update or develop regulatory frameworks capable of responding to the complex and interconnected current problems that pressure the water sustainability, 2) Development of new institutions and/or the modernization of existing ones as well as the creation of intersectoral and international coordination mechanisms, 3) Development of information and monitoring systems and 4) Align public and private financing mechanisms for optimize the use of water resources, recognizing its multiple uses and avoiding duplication.

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