The Nature Conservancy’s Southern Andes Conservation Program (SACP) was well represented at the 2013 World Water Week held in Stockholm, Sweden, with the participation of Maryann Ramirez, Conservation Manager for the Conservancy’s Chile program.
The 2013 theme for World Water Week --Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships--, was of particular interest to Maryann given that she is currently leading a project aimed at the conservation of the Maipo and Aconcagua watersheds in Chile’s Mediterranean and at the creation of the Santiago Water Fund. Moreover, she has stressed in her strategy for watershed conservation in Chile that cultivating and cooperating with stakeholders, and the creation of strong alliances are vital elements for watershed governance.
The event’s main theme also resonated with the Southern Andes’s other water-based projects. The Conservancy has already created a Water Fund in Lima --the capital of Peru and the world’s second largest city built on a desert-- and its Argentina program developed and set up Patagonia’s first institutional network aimed at the conservation of the region’s rivers.
Attended this year by more than 2000 participants, World Water Week is one of the globe’s most important water-related events and is organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).
Over the years, the Conservancy has been involved in the different versions of the event. This year, apart from Maryann Ramirez, the Conservancy delegation included Giulio Boccaletti, Rich Bowman, Jeffrey Cowan, Sarah Davidson, Lisa Downes, Fred Kihara, Francisco Nuñez, Brian Richter, Fernando Veiga, Rebecca Tharme and Kari Vigerstol.
Under the main theme of Water Cooperation: Building Partnerships, presenters spoke about taking care of water, how to manage water equally and sustainably, as well as discussing issues such as drinking water and water sanitation. The event ended with a call for a commitment from the United Nations to put special emphasis on taking care of water as a means to improving development.