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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.

English Also available in: Spanish

Executive summary

Ensuring long-term water security is essential in the pathway towards climate change adaptation, inclusive growth and sustainable development in Argentina. Water policy has recently gained higher profile in the national agenda with the launch of an ambitious National Water Plan in 2016 and the creation of a dedicated Secretary of Infrastructure and Water Policy. Moving forward, managing concomitantly the risks of “too much”, ‘too little” and “too polluted” waters, while ensuring universal coverage to drinking water and sanitation is essential for the country to fit for the future. This requires action to strengthen multi-level and basin governance, as well as economic regulation, planning and investment frameworks.

English Also available in: Spanish

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