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Sustainable financing and support of water resource management in Peru

As of: September 2021

The ecosystems in the highlands of the Peruvian Andes, which provide the essential resource of fresh water to cities large and small, are especially susceptible to the impacts of climate change. This situation is being worsened by a lack of appropriate water management and modified land use practices. This project is therefore establishing water management structures and long-term financing mechanisms. This work improves the adaptability of those parts of the population most at risk from the impacts of climate change while improving their resilience to climate-driven disasters. This is helped by a ‘Water Councils’ initiative, which takes a participative approach to water management decision-making and has set up three water funds as financing mechanisms. The project is also using public-private investment to implement adaptation measures, running campaigns to promote efficient water usage, and building up community resources and expertise in terms of disaster prevention and management.

State of implementation/results

  • The project co-organized and participated in the 1st International Forum: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Management of Water Resources - Green Infrastructure Projects and Water Funds in Lima.
  • 996 people from local governments, municipalities and peasant communities in Lima, Piura and Cusco were trained in climate change adaptation measures to improve their capacity to address climate change issues.
  • Aquafondo, together with the project, restored an infiltration channel ("amuna") from the pre-Inca period in the municipality of Humantanga, which enables an increased infiltration of water into the soil during the rainy season, thus making more water available during the dry season.
  • As part of the implementation of an Ecosystem-Based Adaptation (EBA) project in Lima, Aquafondo built a micro-reservoir in the páramos of the rural community of San Andrés de Tupicocha, which will store 9,200 m3 for a recharge aquifer.
  • Aquafondo has signed an agreement with the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) to design and implement a hydrological monitoring system in San Pedro de Casta.
  • The Piuray Watershed Management Committee, with support of CBC, has been created a “Good Governance Platform” to involve public institutions such as SEDACUSCO (Cusco Water Utility), SUNASS (National Water Regulator Authority), and the Municipality of Chincheros.
  • Implementation of 3 EBA measures in Cusco, which consists of rehabilitating 32 hectares of infiltration ditches and terraces in the communities of Valle Chosica and Ccoricancha. This will result in the recovery of 20 hectares of terraces in Pongobamba, and construction of 10 hectares of terraces and reforestation in Simatauca. Implementation of an EBA measure in Piura, which consists of installing 5 hectares of an agroforestry system with infiltration ditches.
  • Launch of Aquared, an online platform that facilitates the exchange of information between active organizations in water security and provides specialized portals that yield information on conservation and management of water resources in Peru. The link of the platform is

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Project data


Implementing organisation:
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - International

Political partner(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI) - Peru
  • Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru
  • Water & Sanitation Program (WB-WSP)

Implementing partner(s):
  • Association for Research and Integral Development (AIDER)- Peru
  • Bartolome-de-las-Casas-Center - Peru
  • Lima Water Fund (AQUAFONDO) - Peru

BMU grant:
2.099.691,00 €

03/2017  till  10/2021


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