Water Governance in Argentina

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Ensuring long-term water security is essential in the pathway towards sustainable development in Argentina. Floods cause 60% of all critical events in the country and are responsible for 95% of economic losses. Severe droughts, in a country where the agricultural sector accounts for 6.4% of GDP as compared to a global average of 3.6%, have a strong impact in the economy. The country is also home to some of the most polluted basins worldwide. Furthermore, climate change will likely shift further water availability, uses and demand. The report is the result of a policy dialogue with more than 200 stakeholders at different levels in Argentina. It assesses water governance in Argentina, identifies several key challenges to effective, efficient and inclusive water policies, and provides a set of policy recommendations to enhance water governance as a means to address relevant societal challenges, both within the scope of water management and beyond. In particular, ways forward for Argentina include strengthening the co-ordination between national and provincial water policies, setting up a multilevel water planning and investment framework, improving basin management practices, and enhancing economic regulation for water services.

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Ensuring long-term water security is essential in the pathway towards climate change adaptation, inclusive growth and sustainable development in Argentina. In a country with such a large territorial and hydrological diversity, managing water risks and ensuring universal access to drinking water and sanitation, requires effective multi-level governance and planning. The macroeconomic context as well as key megatrends related to climate, demography and urbanisation pose serious challenges to current and future water availability and demand. But they also provide a unique opportunity to set the right incentives towards greater water use efficiency and to transition from crisis to risk management, in a shared responsibility across local, basin, state and national levels.

English Also available in: Spanish

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