Water Footprint Estimation in Latin America

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Jan 2024
The technical note "Water Footprint Estimation in Latin America" analyzes the water footprint of Brazil, Colombia, and Costa Rica. The document describes the harmonization of databases and highlights trends in sectoral water consumption in the three countries between 2013 and 2017. The preliminary assessment highlights disparities in water consumption among economies, with Colombia being the most water-intensive. Agriculture (Brazil and Colombia) and Water and Sanitation (Costa Rica) show the highest sectoral water footprints and important linkages in the economies. In the face of climate change, more countries could disclose SEEA-Water data to expand the analysis of water footprint and understanding of water use in their economies.