Improving Water Productivity and Reducing Water-Related Conflict in the Andes

An open cabildo (council) in Pucarani, Bolivia, of farmers in a watershed being considered for El Alto's water supply. Photo by Beth-Sua Carvajal.

This project seeks to identify which benefit-sharing and coordination mechanisms work best under different circumstances in the Andes, and the reasons for success or failure in specific basins.

By connecting with other Andes projects, it also seeks to develop strategies to widen the range of available benefit-sharing mechanisms and accelerate the pace of innovation in the planning and use of such mechanisms. It is about providing a common platform – a negotiation support system – as a means of informing the BSM negotiation process with the best available knowledge.

In addition, the project is working to identify the variables that need to be taken into account when BSMs are designed and proposed as ways to curb rural poverty and environmental degradation. Variables that are especially critical to success will be highlighted, including the possible impacts of climate change, and how BSMs might need to be adapted in response to climate change.

The project is being implemented in five watersheds in collaboration with local stakeholders who are actively participating in water resources negotiations. SEI is one of several project partners, along with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Palmira, WWF-Colombia, and King's College-London.

As part of this project, SEI implemented a dynamic link between its WEAP (Water Evaluation and Planning) system and the FIESTA (AguaAndes) model to provide information on water availability, demands, and management systems.

Read stories about how this project is making an impact:
WEAP in Quechua: Socialization progress on results with irrigation communities in Perú (SEI)
Integration of tools in the watersheds to support decision making: intervention strategies (SEI-KCL)
Stories from WWF on local capacity-building, alliances with smallholders, and gender in BSM.