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.

You can find further Nexus related information and publications from LAC region here (CEPAL website).

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

Modelling and Assessment

Nexus Modelling // Involving the Water–Energy–Food Nexus in Integrating Low-Income and Isolated Communities

By Brenda Cansino-Loeza and José María Ponce-Ortega. This work presents a general mathematical programming model for satisfying water, energy, and food needs in isolated and low-income communities involving different process integration approaches. As a case study, the community with the lowest index of poverty and marginalization from the State of Guerrero in Mexico is presented. The problem consists in determining the optimal and sustainable configuration to satisfy the energy, water, and...

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News

Vacancy // Vacante en el programa Diálogos Regionales en el ámbito del Nexo (Agua – Energia – Seguridad Alimentaria) y en el programa de implementación de la agenda 2030 en América Latina

Vacante 50% en el programa Diálogos Regionales en el ámbito del Nexo (Agua – Energia – Seguridad Alimentaria) en América Latina y 50% en el programa de implementación de la agenda 2030 en América Latina con sede en Santiago de Chile

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Sanitation and Wastewater

Reciclaje de Aguas Residuales // ¿Es el Agua de Reuso la Solución ante la Sequía?

Baja California concentra 57 % de las seis mil 474 hectáreas que se destinan al cultivo de uva para vino en México. Aunque en los últimos años el Valle de Guadalupe se convirtió en un polo de crecimiento para actividades económicas como la gastronomía y el turismo, el Acuífero Guadalupe sigue siendo su única fuente de agua y está sobreexplotado. Este año, el gobierno del estado de Baja California lanzó una licitación para que una empresa se haga cargo de tratar las aguas residuales del municipio...

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Sanitation and Wastewater

Entrevista con Mirbel Alberto Epiquién Rivera // "Desde SUNASS Promovemos los Mecanismos de Retribución por Servicios Ecosistémicos"

En esta entrevista Mirbel Alberto Epiquién Rivera, Jefe de Gestión Ambiental y Servicios Ecosistémicos de la Empresa de Agua y Alcantarillado de Lima (SEDAPAL), habla del éxito de la Superintendencia Nacional de Servicios de Saneamiento (SUNASS), en la construcción e implementación de un mecanismo de financiamiento de proyectos de infraestructura natural para recuperar o conservar los servicios ecosistémicos hídricos en las cuencas abastecedoras de agua potable a través de tarifas de agua.

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

Sanitation and Wastewater

International Workshop // Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture: Exchanging Knowledge in Colombia

Intelligent use of waste water in agriculture saves energy, reduce freshwater demand for agricultural uses and simultaneously increase productivity and resilience of farmlands. This workshop looks at the policies implemented in Colombia and how the SUWA (Safe Use of Wastewater in Agriculture Initiative) by UNU-FLORES helped in this implementation.

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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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Capacity Building

Curso Internacional en Sistemas de Bombeo // Bolivia se Capacita en Sistemas de Bombeo para Irrigación y Otros Usos

En Bolivia, muchas regiones se encuentran afectadas por la falta de agua y el limitado acceso a servicios modernos de energía. Cuando las tecnologías tradicionales de bombeo alcanzan sus límites técnicos, los medios habituales de bombear agua para riego son las bombas de gasolina o diésel. Con el fin de promover la energía solar como un suministro energético seguro y ecológicamente, el Programa Nexo Bolivia junto con los Ministerios de Medio Ambiente y Agua, así como de Desarrollo Rural y...

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

Modelling and Assessment

Nexus Modelling // Involving the Water–Energy–Food Nexus in Integrating Low-Income and Isolated Communities

By Brenda Cansino-Loeza and José María Ponce-Ortega. This work presents a general mathematical programming model for satisfying water, energy, and food needs in isolated and low-income communities involving different process integration approaches. As a case study, the community with the lowest index of poverty and marginalization from the State of Guerrero in Mexico is presented. The problem consists in determining the optimal and sustainable configuration to satisfy the energy, water, and...

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Country Profiles

Nexus Country Profile // Peru

Peru is located from 0°S to 18°S in western South America; it borders Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast, Chile to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Three contrasting geographic regions exist in the country: Coastal region: a long, desertic plain with a very dry climate. The region stretches along the coast on the west of the country and is approximately 50-100 km wide. The highlands: the mountainous region running down the middle of the...

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Resource

Measuring the Water-Energy-Food Nexus // The Case of Latin America and the Caribbean Region

This paper presents an actual overview of the current state of the water-energy-food (WEF) nexus in Latin American and The Caribbean countries. The analysis is divided in terms of water, energy and food production for each country. The proposed WEF Nexus index comprises three key indicators per sector, considering availability, access, and stability of sector’s resources.

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Resource

Issue N° 49// Network for Cooperation in Integrated Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

Issue N° 49 of the Network for Cooperation in Integrated Water Resources Management for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, focuses on water projects in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as their evaluation and planning. Special emphasis is given to the Water-Energy-Food Nexus.

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