The AN4 project connected CPWF researchers with external stakeholders such as policy makers in the Andean region in order to contribute to benefit-sharing mechanisms that can increase water productivity and be used as replicable models for sustainable rural development.
CPWF has been successful in collaborating with high-level policy makers in Ecuador, Colombia, and especially in Peru. The impact of these partnerships is difficult to quantify, but CPWF has contributed to a better understanding of the limits of benefit- sharing mechanisms that are being designed or implemented in the region. The AN4 project produced a time line study on the trends that mark the evolution of water sharing concepts: from payment for environmental services to benefit-sharing mechanisms and watershed investments. The study is also contributing to increased understanding throughout the region.
CPWF has given specific hydrological advice to many river basins in the Andean region. For example, through specific assistance to the incubator for benefit-sharing mechanisms in Peru, CPWF has been able to advise the Peruvian government on its draft of the Law for Environmental Services, considerably increasing the impact of CPWF’s research.
In addition, CPWF projects developed a variety of tools that can help river basins in the Andes region set up benefit-sharing mechanisms, including the AguaAndes Negotiation Support System, the Water Evaluation Planning system (WEAP), and protocols for Rapid Hydrological Assessment and Hydrological Monitoring of Andean Ecosystems. CPWF intends for the tools to be flexible enough to consider regional differences, a necessity in a region with extreme biophysical and social diversity.
Uptake of CPWF Research in Policy
- CPWF has helped The Corporación Autónoma Regional de Caldas (CORPOCALDAS, a public entity in charge of environmental management in Caldas) and Central Hidroeléctrica de Caldas (CHEC, a private-public hydropower company) in Colombia learn more about benefit-sharing mechanisms. As a result, CORPOCALDAS and CHEC have decided to implement a program on benefit sharing mechanisms, promoting a concept that is broader than just payment for hydrological environmental services.
- The Ministry of Environment of Peru, with support from the NGO Forest Trends, is implementing an incubator for mechanisms for ecosystem services retribution at the national scale in Peru. The incubator builds on ten years of CPWF research on benefit-sharing mechanisms in the Andes region.
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