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Latin America and the Caribbean — LAC

Latin America and the Caribbean compromise all the complexity that a continent of these dimensions conveys. In average, water scarcity does not appear to be an issue, but the local distribution of the resource varies widely. There are, however, common problems, that can be addressed on a continental level. The region strongly depends on hydropower for energy production. While this form of electricity does not stresses the climate through CO2 emission, it raises conflicts with other land uses like rain forests and agriculture. The latter is both the biggest user of water and driver for deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean.


Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  16 Jan 2017

Research Brief // Payments for Ecosystem Services and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

By Jean Carlo Rodríguez de Francisco. Payments for ecosystem services (PES) are an established instrument for addressing externality problems among different natural resource users. In a nut shell, PES consist of cash or in kind...› more

Resource  |  12 Jan 2017

Session Input // “Managing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus” at the Regional Dialogue on Extractive Industry Governance and Infrastructure, ECLAC, Santiago, Chile

Key input by Francisco J. Meza, Director Centro de Cambio Global, Universidad Católica de Chile, audio recording and presentation.› more

Policy Papers  |  12 Jan 2017

Sewage // Urban sewage in Brazil: drivers of and obstacles to wastewater treatment and reuse; governing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus Series

By Katharina M.K. Stepping. The case study analyses the factors that drive or hinder wastewater collection and treatment in urban Brazil and discusses the potential for wastewater reuse and its current constraints. The results...› more

News  |  21 Dec 2016

Amazonia // Applying the Water-Energy-Food Nexus in the Amazon

By Helen Bellfield and David Sabogal. Deforestation in the Amazon has a ripple effect through the region disrupting ecosystem services and undermining food, water and energy security. The Global Canopy Programme says coherency...› more

Projects  |  10 Nov 2016

Project // BRIDGE: Building Resilience In a Dynamic Global Economy - Complexity across Scales in Brazil

The BRIDGE project is a UK-BRAZIL collaboration funded by the Newton Funds, comprising of the ESRC and FAPESC. It supports researchers in the modelling, understanding and governance of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus. › more

Side Events  |   4 Nov 2016

Session “Managing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus” at the Regional Dialogue on Extractive Industry Governance and Infrastructure, ECLAC, Santiago, Chile

The governance of natural resources and infrastructure emerge among the fundamental challenges for the implementation of Agenda 2030 in Latin America and the Caribbean. Countries have struggled to convert export boom periods of...› more

Policy Papers  |   6 Oct 2016

Policy Brief // Assessing Policy Coherence in Brazil, Colombia and Peru using a Water-Energy-Food Nexus Approach

By David Sabogal, Helen Bellfield and Simone Bauch. The Amazonia Security Agenda focuses not only on national security in a traditional sense, but also acts to strengthen the fundamental foundations of a prosperous society in the...› more

Side Events  |   6 Oct 2016

COP22 Side Event // Informing NDC Implementation through a Water-Energy-Food Nexus Framework: Lessons from Amazonia and South East Asia

There is a wide community of actors applying WEF Nexus frameworks (e.g. FAO, IUCN, CEPAL, OECD, SEI) in a range of countries and ecosystems, using different methodologies, definitions and tools. This event will bring together...› more

Webinars  |   5 Oct 2016

Webinar // Water, Energy, Food Security in the Amazon: Challenges and Opportunities (Spanish)

In this webinar experiences will be shared in the implementation of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus framework through an analysis of transverse and vertical coherence of public policies in Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Also risks,...› more

LAC  |  26 Sep 2016

Seminar Report // Collection and Use of Rainwater in Latin America: Experiences and Conclusions of a Debate

This publication provides the results of the International Seminar on Rain Water Harvesting Systems, held in November 2014 at the headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)...› more

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in LAC
Research Papers, Publications and Books  |  15 May 2015

Report // The Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Latin America and the Carribean: Trade-offs, Strategic Priorities and Entry Points

This report provides an overview of the water-energy-food nexus in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), identifying the main challenges and opportunities for achieving water, energy and food security in the region. There is a...› more