A New Blue Revolution for Inclusion, Equality, and Diversity: Innovation for Inclusive Water and Sanitation in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Aug 2023
Marcello Basani, Leticia Ortega Oropeza
While the globe reels from numerous crises following the COVID-19 pandemic, a silent yet extremely persistent crisis continues to deepen in water and sanitation sectors worldwide. As one of the most pressing challenges of our generation, access to water and sanitation services has been codified as a fundamental human right, translated into a call to action by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In order to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (SDG 6), governments across Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) must find innovative solutions to provide accessible, reliable, and affordable water and sanitation services. While the region has made good progress, adequate access to water and sanitation continues to plague traditionally underserved populations in remote and low-income areas.
Access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) is crucial for poverty reduction, equality, and health. As a result, this paper has been designed to make a compelling case for a blue revolution for inclusion, equality, and diversity spurred by the uptake of innovative solutions and practices that can be critical in helping stakeholders in LAC strengthen inclusive and sustainable practices in the provision of water and sanitation sector services.