The Future of Water: Lessons and Challenges for LAC

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Jun 2019
Water sometimes is not where its most needed, and overall availability and quality are under threat. What could the region do differently to make the most of its water resources? While these problems of the past remain the problems of the present, the future is not without challenges, as a warmer and less predictable climate, a transforming socio-demographic landscape and changes in land use near freshwater sources will most likely add extra pressure for governments to get things right. Authorities will need to be open to the use of new or different regulatory instruments and to think outside the box. Countries will also need to embrace and stimulate innovation, and incentivize behavioral change in consumers to rationalize the use of water. This technical note addresses the future of the water sector.