March 19, 2020

Water Scenarios 2030 on the road to implement a water transition

• This initiative, coordinated by Fundación Chile, Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, and Fundación Avina, will deliver -within 18-months- a concrete proposal for a new water institutionality in Chile as well as the indispensable inputs for a new Water Policy.

• The scope of the work that will be carried out at the Maule and Maipo basins was announced during the first Advisory Committee. The roadmaps to achieve water security in those territories will be put together with local actors; a methodology that will be replicated in all national basins.

After three years of an intense collective work, where an exhaustive diagnosis and future projections were conceived, the Water Scenarios 2030 (WS 2030) initiative starts a new phase: implementing the Water Transition.

The development of the first phase allowed WS 2030 to generate an updated information base on the water situation throughout Chile in order to understand which territories were the most affected and, from there on, to make concrete proposals to initiate the transition towards water security. This work was carried out between 2016 and 2019, and resulted in three documents: Radiografía del Agua: Brecha y Riesgo Hídrico en Chile (Water X-Ray: Water Gap and Risk in Chile); Transición Hídrica: El Futuro del Agua en Chile (Water Transition: The Future of Water in Chile), and the Portafolio MAS Seguridad Hídrica (MAS Water Security Portfolio) with 212 Measures, Actions, and Solutions to address the country’s water gap and risk.

During this new work cycle, the initiative, coordinated by Fundación Chile, Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, and Fundación Avina, seeks to advance in proposals to improve water institutions, provide critical inputs for a future water policy, and construct roadmaps defining measures, actions, and concrete and effective solutions that contribute to mobilize the public and private sectors to make timely decisions for the security and sustainability of water resources in Chile.

Ulrike Broschek, Director of Sustainability and Water Solutions at Fundación Chile, as well as head of WS 2030, points out that “In this new stage we will carry out an in-depth work at the Maule and Maipo river basins, to collectively build -with local actors- the road maps aimed at achieving water security in these territories, plus, the methodology generated will be replicable for the other basins in the country”.

“Moreover, in this phase we intend to make a concrete proposal for a new water institutionality both at a national level and for governance in the regions.” adds Broschek.

Advisory Committee

To launch this new phase, the first meeting of the WS2030 Advisory Committee was held on Thursday, March 19; where representatives of 25 institutions from the academic, public and private sectors, community representatives, and NGOs were invited.

Given the country’s contingency, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting was held virtually, not preventing  a wide convocation and an interesting dialogue around the guidelines for the implementation of the Water Transition.

“This first Advisory Committee was the kick off of the Water Scenarios 2030 newest stage, where we presented the goals, what we are going to do, and the main results we expect to obtain in 18 months. We also listened to the committee members identifying relevant issues, opportunities, and receiving guidance on what the emphasis and possible synergies should be,” says Diego Luna, Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano’s representative in Chile.

The members from the academic world invited to be part of the Advisory Committee are the Centro de Ciencia del Clima y la Resiliencia (Climate and Resilience Science Center, CR2) of Universidad de Chile, the Centro del Cambio Global (Center for Global Change, CCG) of Universdad Católica de Chile, and the Centro de Ciencias Ambientales-EULA (Environmental Science Center) of Universidad de Concepción and Cazalac. Among the citizenry and NGOs spheres: Fesan, Fenapru, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Chile Sustentable, WWF Chile, Ecosistemas, and Avina. From the public sector: Ministries of Finance, Environment, Agriculture, and Public Works, DGA, and Corfo; and from the private productive area: Confederación de Canalistas de Chile (CCCH), Corma, Sonami, SNA, Andess, Generadoras de Chile, Consejo Políticas de Infraestructura (CPI), and the IDB.

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