On April 30, the Fourth Nexus Regional Virtual Forum for Latin America and the Caribbean was held with more than 170 participants, representing 23 countries and more than 70 institutions. The event, organized within the framework of the GIZ Nexus Regional Dialogues Program with the collaboration of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), focused on the analysis of the influence that regulatory and institutional frameworks have on the implementation of the Nexus perspective in the public policies of the region.
Antonio Levy, Regional Coordinator of the Nexus Regional Dialogue in Latin America, oversaw welcoming and moderating the meeting. For its part, ECLAC was represented by Marina Gil from the Natural Resources Division, who explained the work of the institution under the Nexus Programme and its importance in the region. The meeting was also attended by panelists representing Guatemala, Colombia and Chile.
Ms. Lisbeth Naranjo, from the Natural Resources Division of ECLAC, presented the document “Applied methodological guide for the design of plans and policies with a comprehensive Nexus approach”, which will shortly be published in Spanish and will serve as a practical tool for the implementation of the Nexus in the region. Mrs. Elisa Colom, lawyer specialized in water law and Member of the Global Steering Committee of the World Water Association, presented the "Solidarity Nexus for Guatemala". Mrs. María del Pilar García Pachón, director and teacher of the Department of Environmental Law of the “Universidad Externado de Colombia”, made the presentation “Nexus in Colombia, legal possibilities and barriers”. Mr. Humberto Peña, Civil Hydraulic Engineer and Former Head of the Department of Studies and Planning and General Director of the General Water Directorate of Chile, presented the Nexus approach in the Chilean context. Mr. Michael Hantke-Domas, lawyer specialized in environmental and water law, economic regulation and free competition, and Former Titular Minister and president of the Third Environmental Court of Valdivia in Chile, presented the “Regulatory obstacles to the adoption of the Nexus perspective”.