Climate Change Webinar – Lessons learned and risk management plans
More than 80 people participated in the webinar organized by WOP-LAC on September 27 to see the presentations of EAAB (Colombia), Aguas de Puerto Cortes (Honduras), Aguas Mendocinas (Argentina), and AyA (Costa Rica).
At a sector level, climate change, with increasingly frequent events and greater consequences, affects the availability, quality, and quantity of water, continually putting the provision of the service to the test.
In Central America and the Caribbean, extreme events such as hurricanes, tropical storms, and droughts threaten infrastructure. In the Andean zone, the variation in runoff and the retreat of glaciers affect urban and rural populations. Droughts and floods have increasingly costly effects: we do not have to limit ourselves to thinking about solving the problem; we also have to work in advance.
In this sense, performing a risk assessment is essential. To achieve this, it is necessary to improve the quantity and quality of information and strengthen capacities to manage data, propitiating the design of appropriate risk management strategies, transforming operations, and restoring ecosystems.
After the Workshop on Non-Revenue Water: WOPs and results
The WOP-LAC Regional Workshop on NRW organized in November 2022 continues to bear fruit: this year we coordinated three WOPs on the problem (Aguas de Lima Norte (Peru) – AGUAPEN (Ecuador), AySA (Argentina) – OSSE (Argentina), AySA (Argentina) – ASSA (Argentina)), which are already showing results and for 2024 there are two more partnerships in preparation. The exchange of knowledge in Latin America has the support and interest of operators and has an impact on the service.