Katoomba XVIII Videoblog: Making PWS That Are Financially Viable, Environmentally Effective, And People Friendly

Water May 20, 2013
Genevieve Bennett

The Miyun Reservoir provides drinking water for more than 20 million people in one of the world’s great metropolises, but its core challenges aren’t much different than those of smaller waterbodies located in Ecuador, Peru, or the United State. We speak with Katoomba XVIII participats from those three countries.

20 May 2013 | BEIJING | People’s Republic of China | After a full day of intense presentations in Beijing and three days of workshops in the Miyun Reservoir, delegates to the 18th Katoomba meeting have developed a series of proposals for promoting the restoration of the watershed from which Beijing draws its water. We’ll be examining these proposals in the coming weeks, but for now here are some thoughts on the universal challenges faced by project developers.

Investments in Water for Poverty Alleviation: The South African Experience
In this podcast, Christo Marais,  Director of Natural Resource Management, Department of Environmental Affairs of South Africa, talks about his country’s widely-heralded “Working for Water” program, which hires the long-term unemployed to carry out environmental restoration work in degraded watersheds.

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Reciprocal Watershed Agreements: Cheap, Easy, and Successful

In this podcast,  Maria Teresa Vargas, Executive Director, Fundacií³n Natura Bolivia talks about how reciprocal agreements between communities to safeguard water resources have delivered environmental benefits and resilient livelihoods – and done it all in record time.  

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Watershed Interventions: What Not to Do

Cy Jones, Senior Fellow with the World Resources
Institute, addresses the audience at Katoomba XVIII on principles for designing effective watershed interventions and shares an example of a less-than-successful program in the USA.

Mark Kieser: What’s Your Watershed ROI?

Mark Kieser (Kieser and Associates) discusses the challenge of designing cost-effective watershed investment projects. He also brings us up to speed on a pilot project he’s working on in Peru’s Rimac Watershed as part of the Katoomba Incubator initiative.

Lucí­a Ruiz and Marta Echavarrí­a: Connecting Watersheds in Peru and China

Lucí­a Ruiz (Ministry of Environment of Peru) and Marta Echavarrí­a (EcoDecisií³n) were surprised to find China facing the same challenges as those faced in Peru (or Ghana, for that matter):