Sustainable financing and support of water resource management in Peru

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 therefore established water management structures and long-term financing mechanisms. This improved 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 was supported 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 also used public-private investment to implement adaptation measures, run campaigns to promote efficient water usage, and buildt up community resources and expertise in terms of disaster prevention and management.

Project data

IKI funding
2,099,691.00 €
03/2017 till 06/2022
Political Partner
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI) - Peru
  • Ministry of Environment (MINAM) - Peru
  • Water & Sanitation Program (WB-WSP)
Implementing Partner
  • Association for Research and Integral Development (AIDER)- Peru
  • Bartolome-de-las-Casas-Center - Peru
  • Lima Water Fund (AQUAFONDO) - Peru

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed.
  • After the project’s end Aquafondo will continue to recovery 32.5 kilometers of ancestral infiltration channels called amunas in the Rimac river basin, as part of a DeveloPPP project
  • Aquafondo participated at the World Water Week 2021, presenting the AQUAGOL experience, which won the first place in the contest “Expert water communities: best practices in Latin America”.
  • In 2021 Aquafondo won the first place for ist work in te fields of conservation and sustainable management of Peru’s water resources in a contest of initiatives working on accomplishment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • 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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