ECLAC, UN-Water Release Report on Water and Green Economy in LAC
21 June 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UN-Water have released a report on water and the green economy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The report draws on presentations and discussions held during the LAC sessions of the International Conference "Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20," held from 3-5 October 2011, in Zaragoza, Spain.
Launched during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), "Water and a Green Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean" is intended as a best practices guide. It contains four sections and two annexes. Section I discusses mainstreaming water into a green economy in agriculture, industry, cities and watersheds. Section II examines the challenges, approaches and lessons learned on water and green economy in LAC. Section III presents case studies from Barbados, Colombia, Ecuador and Guatemala. Section IV presents "the expert's perspective," answers to a series of questions put to three regional water experts.
Annex 1 offers "tools for changes," a brief review of economic incentives, green jobs, water cost recovery and financing, investments in the protection and improvement of biodiversity, promotion of water technologies. Annex 2 lists the issues presented for discussion at the Zaragoza Conference. [ECLAC Note (Spanish)] [Publication: Water and a Green Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)]