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Water Footprint Porce river in Medellín

 
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Water Footprint of Porce river basin (Colombia) shows green water scarcity and pollution main issues of concern

 

Results from the Water Footprint Assessment applied to the Porce river basin, Colombia, show that the basin has no blue water stress, but it does undergo significant levels of green water scarcity (competition for different uses of land and green water resources) and water pollution in some of Porce’s subbasins. The economic and social sustainability assessment of the water footprints shows the contrast between the economic activities in the basin and its financial retributions, and the number of people living within the basin with no access to drinking water and/or sanitation. It points towards a water governance issue.

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As a result of this assessment, a number of response strategies and water policy measures have been proposed in consultation with the public and private sector operating in the basin. The water footprint assessment, conducted in a multistakeholder approach, has proven to be of significant value as a transparent communication tool among the basin sectors and to inform the debate on water allocation in the basin and the design of adequate response strategies. You can download the report of the project here (in Spanish; English version to come).

Currently, a process of response strategy prioritisation is taking place in order to select the most feasible responses in financial, political and operative terms for the basin. Upon finalization of the prioritisation process and closure of the project, another phase will start, related to the “project concept design” of the few selected responses. This is seen as the most challenging phase, as it implies the beginning of a more political process.

 

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Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia
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Institución líder en ciencia, tecnología con 25 años de trayectoria en Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia y otros países. Convertimos el conocimiento en herramientas para generar desarrollo económico y social en escenarios locales e internacionales posibilitando la apropiación social del conocimiento. Buscamos ser un referente nacional y latinoamericano por ofrecer soluciones útiles, integrales, sostenibles e innovadoras, aportando bienestar a la sociedad y valor a las organizaciones y territorios donde trabajamos.



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Diego Arévalo y Claudia Campuzano (CTA)

  • Funder
    Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia (CTA) y Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación – COSUDE –
  • Scope of project
    Realizar un ejercicio práctico de aplicación geográfica de evaluación de huella hídrica en la cuenca para los sectores prioritarios de la cuenca del río Porce: agropecuario, industrial, doméstico, generación de energía hidroeléctrica y minería.
  • Completion date
    Mayo 2013
  • Principal data
    Secretaría de Medio Ambiente de la Alcaldía de Medellín, CORANTIOQUIA, CORNARE, Área Metropolitana del Valle de Aburrá, COSUDE, CTA, EPM, Universidad de Antioquia, Escuela de Ingeniería de Antioquia, Universidad de Medellín, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Tecnológico de Antioquia, Centro Nacional de Producción Más Limpia y Tecnologías Ambientales, Good Stuff International, WWF, Cátedra UNESCO de Sostenibilidad Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña.
  • Initial budget
  • Location
    Medellín, Colombia

About the Program


Water Footprint Assessment in the river Porce basin, led by the Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia (CTA), and to be part of the initiative of Colombia SuizAgua from the Switzerland Agency for Development and Cooperation (COSUDE).

 
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