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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The Quito Water Conservation Fund (FONAG). Quito - Ecuador, 2000


The Quito Water Conservation Fund (Fondo para la Protección del Agua – FONAG) is an endowment fund that receives money from the government, public utilities, electric companies, private companies and non-government organizations. An independent financial institutions manages and invests the money. Part of the funding goes to an endowment to ensure long-term sustainability and part of the funding goes directly to activities for watershed protection.

FONAG’s goals include: improve/maintain water quality and quantity for downstream users, maintain regular flows of water throughout the year, maintain/enhance natural ecosystem biodiversity (both freshwater and terrestrial) and improve/maintain human well-being and quality of life for upstream human communities.


The water funds protects the main water sources of Quito city with 2.5 million people. In addition to this, the water fudns supports local communities that live close to the water sources. They receive permanent support from FONAG through different programs, from environmental education to community-based projects that invest in rural livelihoods.


  • Control and monitoring of protected areas
  • Restoration of natural vegetation
  • Environmental education and outreach
  • Training in watershed management
  • Productive projects with local communities and a hydrological monitoring program.

RIVER BASIN: Cuencas de Guayllabamba, Antisana y Papallacta


  1. The Nature Conservancy
  2. Metropolitan Drinking Water and Sewer Company of Quito (EPMAPS)
  3. Quito Electric Company, National Brewery (Sab Miller)
  4. Swiss Agency for Development
  5. Tesalia Springs (water bottling company)
  7. United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  8. Inter American Development Bank (IDB), 


Contact Name: Silvia Benítez
Phone: (575) 6649 946



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