Bolivia under pressure to act
With 39% of its population living below the poverty line, Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Its National Agenda 2025 seeks to eliminate extreme poverty hunger and undernourishment, and ensure access to drinking water, sanitation and energy for all its citizens by 2025.
These ambitious goals require more intensive irrigation farming, which increases demand for water and energy – potentially causing higher contamination and harming soils. At the same time, climate change will reduce water availability in Bolivia. Economic and population growth have already created inter-sectoral conflicts of interest over resource use, which stand to increase.
Supporting Nexus Thinking
German development cooperation institutions and the European Union support evidence presented at the Bonn2011 Conference that an integrated management and governance – ‘Nexus’ – approach can assist in improving water, energy and food security. Nexus addresses challenges and opportunities, identifies trade-offs, fosters synergies and optimises outcomes across actors and sectors. To meet its ambitious economic, environmental and social targets in the context of climate change, Bolivia needs to think Nexus.
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- German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)