The close nexus between water and energy, and the importance of policies integrating both sectors, were highlighted during multidisciplinary discussions leading to a preliminary evaluation of the state of water-related policies on adaptation to climate change throughout South America.
The successful experiences shared by actors from different areas (NGOs, private companies related to mining and biofuel production, the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank, etc.) provided evidence to identify practices aimed at poverty reduction, income generation, private sector involvement and better water catchment. In most countries, such policies are lacking, making evident the need to urge and support policy makers to develop policies based on practical experience. This was the conclusion of participants at a regional workshop on Climate Change and IWRM, organised by GWP Peru and held in Lima in April.