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The AN2 project developed methods to anticipate consequences of, monitor, and measure impacts of benefit-sharing mechanisms. The research took place in four river basins in the Andes, where local stakeholders have an explicit interest in developing benefit-sharing mechanisms to improve water quality and increase water quantity for downstream users: the Cañete River watershed in Peru, the Quijos River watershed in Ecuador, the Fuquene Lake watershed and the Fómeque Reservoir watershed in Colombia.

CPWF quantified how changes in land and water management impact livelihoods in upstream rural communities and the supply of water for downstream water consumers, enabling researchers to assess the effectiveness of benefit-sharing mechanisms. They concluded that specific conditions in each watershed, such as the share of water available at different elevations, determine whether a benefit-sharing mechanism can be effective or not.


Outcomes: Change in Policy 

  • CPWF researchers have contributed to the Ministry of Environment in Peru designating the Cañete River basin as an official pilot site for a national benefit-sharing program.
  • In drafting a proposed eco-system services law, the Ministry of Environment in Peru involved a range of partners, including CPWF, to seek their advice on how to ensure that the law can foster benefit-sharing mechanisms. As a result of such consultations, the draft law has been carefully phrased in an effort to make it comprehensible to a range of different stakeholders.

View all AN2 outputs on CG Space.


CIAT, GIZ, FUNDESOT, RIMSP, University of Florida

Project Leader

Marcela Quintero (CIAT), [email protected]