Latin American Water Funds Partnership

The partnership is a mechanism that allows to provide technical and financial assistance for the creation and strengthening of Water Funds. It provides support to local stakeholders to implement them, contributing to establish the management structure for each fund.

It also provides advice and technical expertise that can strengthen the operation of the funds, and also facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices among Water Funds and other stakeholders.

Water Funds

Water Funds is an innovative model of long-term conservation that operates through investments that are focused on a single fund. The resources generated are assigned to preserve the essential lands above watersheds through conservation actions.

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FONAPA water fund works to conserve Paute watershed, Azuay – Ecuador, 2008
Ecuador

OVERVIEW

FONAPA water fund works to conserve Paute watershed in southern Ecuador, Created  in October 2008, fhe fund finances conservation of the Paute watershed, which supplies water to more than 500,000 Cuenca residents and 300,000 Azogues residents with drinking water and half the country with electricity through the local hydroelectric dam. Projected to raise $5 million over five years, the fund will also pay for the protection and restoration of habitats critical to the survival of key biodiversity as the  Andean Bear.

OUTCOMES / BENEFICIARIES

This fund serves more than 500,000 Cuenca residents and 300,000 Azogues residents with drinking water and half the country with electricity through the local hydroelectric dam.

  • Start date: October 2008
  • Ongoing?: YES
  • Cities: Cuenca, Azogues
  • Countries: Ecuador
  • Lat: 2.8992° S
  • Long: 79.0153° W

ACTION AREAS

  • Community Environmental Promoters Program
  • Support sustainable economic alternatives
  • Strengthening agricultural workers Association  Promotion of good agricultural practices"
  • Training and Environmental Education
  • Strengthening local capacities with co-financing of training events
  • Monitoring and research programs
  • Environmental awareness program
  • Dissemination, communication and accountability,
  • Technical Planning FONAPA work based on performance indicators, and
  • Financial management.

RIVER BASIN: Paute

PROJECT PARTNERS

  • ETAPA EP* (Cuenca)
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • ELECAUSTRO S.A
  • CELEC - Unidad de Negocios
  • HIDROPAUTE
  • Universidad de Cuenca
  • Fundación Cordillera Tropical
  • EMAPAL EP (Empresa Pública Municipal de Agua Potable, Alcantarillado y Saneamiento)

Contact name: Silvia Benítez
Phone: (575) 6649 946
Email: fondosdeagua@tnc.org

 
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Study Cases - TNC Fondos de Agua - Water Funds
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