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Sustainable financing and support of water resource management in Peru

As of: September 2020

Objective and activities

The project strengthens the adaptive capacity and resilience of vulnerable communities and the conservation of important ecosystems in Peru by establishing water management and long-term financing mechanisms. This is achieved through five main outputs: 1.) Establishment of “water councils” that take participatory decisions about water management schemes in defined watersheds and are supported by key actors; 2.) Establishment and/or strengthening of three water funds as sustainable financing bodies for adaptation measures; 3.)  Implementation of adaptation measures, including ecosystem-based measures, through private-public investments; 4.) Implementation of awareness raising campaigns for more efficient water usage; 5.) Capacity building of communities in 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

Project data


Implementing organisation:
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - International

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