Nexus Region Nexus in 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.

Nexus News for Latin America and the Carribean (LAC Region)

News

Congreso Aapresid // Agua, Energía y Producción de Alimentos: Nexo para las Políticas Públicas

El XXVI Congreso de Aapresid en Cordoba, Argentina, tuvo como tema central la necesidades de articular políticas públicas que contengan los nexos entre el agua, la energía y la producción de alimentos. Contaron con la presencia de Mónica Gabay, de la Dirección de Ordenamiento Territorial, Suelos y Lucha contra la Desertificación, Adrián Rodríguez, jefe de Unidad de Desarrollo Agrícola del CEPAL, y Víctor Pochat, consultor en Gestión y Planificación de Recursos Hídricos.

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News

Latin America and the Caribbean // The WEF-Nexus in planning processes

The training workshop on “The Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus in Planning Processes” introduced the WEF Nexus concept as an integrated solution for the management of natural resources. 42 participants from 12 LAC countries looked at conflicting uses and trade-offs as well as possible synergies between the WEF sectors. Based on a multi-purpose project in Costa Rica, they considered and discussed different solutions. ECLAC’s Institute of Planning for Development taught the participants to deal...

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Sistemas de Riego con Energía Solar // Naciones Unidas Anima a Extender los Sistemas de Riego con Energía Solar

Par Pilar Sánchez Molina. La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO) orienta en su nuevo informe sobre cómo aprovechar al máximo las innovaciones y evitar el desperdicio de agua.

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Solar-powered Irrigation Systems (SPIS)

Sistemas de Riego con Energía Solar // Chile Destina USA $ 1,8 Millones para Sistemas de Riego Fotovoltaico

Par Pilar Sánchez Molina. Se ha destinado una inversión público – privada de más de $1.165 millones de pesos (1,8 millones de dólares) a obras de riego con energía fotovoltaica que beneficiarán a más de 202 familias de pequeños en los regiones de Arica y Parinacota en Chile.

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Events on the Nexus in Latin America and the Carribean (LAC Region)

Seminars

Training // Advanced School on Water Energy Food Nexus

The Advanced School on Water-Energy-Food Nexus will help graduate students, post-docs, and young researchers to analyse complex systems by understanding the societal, economic and environmental impacts involved in decisions regarding technology innovation and policies design. They will learn different assessment methods, modelling techniques and risk analysis to apply them individually or in combination to research projects, decision-making process or policy development.

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Sessions, Panels and Side Events

Session at RGS 2018 // Amazon’s Hydropower-Navigation-Agribusiness Nexus

One of the main processes of politico-economic change in the Amazon Region today is the construction of large-scale water projects, especially for hydroelectricity generation and river navigation associated with export-oriented agribusiness and mining. The paper discusses resource grabbing and environmental injustices through a cultural political economy framework to assess the main direction and the internal dimensions of development trends. Water projects were assessed in relation to the...

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Stockholm World Water Week (SWWW) 2018

SWWW 2018 Session // Eye on LAC- Natural Infrastructure and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Most countries in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries are expanding their water, land, and energy footprint. These investments are putting pressure on a wide variety of ecosystems and the services they provide to cities and beyond. Sustainable development for LAC is a question mark. Looming large in the background is another challenge: climate change. Climatologists predict that 90% of the land could be distressed by extreme weather events that affect water availability for food and...

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Workshops

C-EENRG // Food-Water-Energy Nexus Workshop

The workshop is organised in the context of the project BRIDGE: Building Resilience In a Dynamic Global Economy: Complexity across scales in the Brazilian Food-Water-Energy Nexus.

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Nexus Resources for Latin America and the Carribean (LAC Region)

Hydropower

Hydropower // The Water-Energy Nexus in Chile: A Description of the Regulatory Framework for Hydroelectricity

This article offers a general description of hydropower regulations in Chile wherein two sectors that are regulated separately come to meet each other: water (as a natural resource) and electric industry (as an activity).

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Country Profiles

Perfil de País Nexus // Costa Rica

Costa Rica está ubicado en América Central y comparte fronteras con Nicaragua y Panamá. Está localizado en el trópico, a sólo 10 grados al norte del Ecuador, posee una cadena montañosa que se extiende por todo el país, y su clima es tropical y subtropical. Desafíos específicos del país comprenden su exposición a los fenómenos meteorológicos extremos, especialmente las sequías, y su dependencia de las importaciones de alimentos. El perfil del país incluye un resumen del caso de la cuenca del río...

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Country Profiles

Nexus Country Profile // Costa Rica

Costa Rica is located in Central America and shares borders with Nicaragua and Panama. It is located in the tropics, only 10 degrees north of the equator, has a mountain range extending through the country, and its climate is tropical and subtropical. Specific challenges of the country comprise its exposedness to weather extremes, especially droughts, and its dependence on food imports. The country profile includes a case study summary of the Reventazón river basin.

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Hydropower

Partnership to Promote Water and Energy Sustainability // Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions

The Sustainable Water and Energy Solutions is a partnership by the United Nation's Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) and the Brazilian-Paraguayan Itaipu hydroelectric power plant (ITAIPU BINACIONAL​​​​​). The partnership is aiming to promote water and energy sustainability and other SDG's, in order to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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