Water and Cities in Latin America: Challenges for Sustainable Development

Water and Cities in Latin America: Challenges for Sustainable Development


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Water and Cities in Latin America: Challenges for Sustainable Development by Ismael Aguilar-Barajas

Approximately 80 per cent of the population of Latin America is concentrated in urban centres. Pressure on water resources and water management in cities therefore provide major challenges. Despite the importance of the issues, there has been little systematic coverage of the topic in book form.

This work fills a gap in the literature by providing both thematic overviews and case study chapters. It reviews key aspects of why water matters in cities and presents case studies on topics such as groundwater management, green growth and water services, inequalities in water supply, the financing of water services and flood management. Detailed examples are described from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru, and there is also a chapter comparing lessons which might be learnt from US cities. Contributing authors are drawn from both within and outside the region, including from the Inter-American Development Bank, OECD and World Bank to set the issues in a global context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415730976
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/07/2015
Series: Earthscan Studies in Water Resource Management Series
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ismael Aguilar-Barajas is Professor of Economics and Research Associate, Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Jürgen Mahlknecht is Executive Director, Water Center for Latin America and the Caribbean, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Jonathan Kaledin is Founder and Principal of the 11th Avenue Strategies consulting firm and a member of the Stockholm International Water Institute's Associate Program.

Marianne Kjellén directs the UNDP Water Governance Facility at SIWI, the Stockholm International Water Institute.

Abel Mejía-Betancourt is Senior Water Advisor for CAF-Development Bank of Latin America and former Water Manager at the World Bank.

Table of Contents


Ismael Aguilar-Barajas, Jürgen Mahlknecht, Jonathan Kaledin, Marianne Kjellén and Abel Mejía-Betancourt

Part 1: Water, Cities and Financing

1. Water, Cities and Sustainable Development: Setting the Scene

Ismael Aguilar-Barajas

2. Why Does Understanding the Urban Water Link Matter?

Abel Mejía-Betancourt

3. Challenges and Policy Options for Financing Urban Water and Sanitation

Anthony Cox and Peter Börkey

Part 2: Managing Water and Sanitation Services

4. Urban Water Management in São Paulo to Achieve Universal Access to Water Supply and Sanitation Services

Dilma Pena

5. Water Services in Lima, Peru: Understanding the Linkages between Urban Development, Social Inequality and Water

Antonio A.R. Ioris

6. Urban Wastewater Governance in Latin America: Panorama and Reflections for a Research Agenda

Raul Pacheco-Vega

7. Issues and Challenges for Water Supply, Storm Water Drainage and Wastewater in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area

Polioptro F. Martínez and Erick R. Bandala

8. Urban Groundwater Supply in Latin American Cities: Panorama and the Cases of Mexico City and São Paulo

Jürgen Mahlknecht and Ricardo Hirata and Rogelio Ledesma

Part 3: Climate Change, Risk Management and Planning

9. Flash Floods in the Monterrey Metropolitan Area, Mexico: Lessons from Hurricane Alex

Nicholas P. Sisto and Aldo Iván Ramírez

10. The Rio Bogotá Environmental Recuperation and Flood Control Project

Carlos Costa Posada, Carlos Felipe Urazán Bonells and Edder A. Velandia Durán

11. Protection and Environmental Restoration of the Pichincha Slopes in Quito, Ecuador

Xavier Vidal, Lucía Burgos and Othón Zevallos

12. Water Resources Management and Climate Change Adaptation in the Río Grande Basin, Argentina: A Case Study Introducing the Hydro-BID Modelling System

Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, Eugene Brantly, Marcelo Borsellino, Edgardo Castellano, Robert Dykes, Fekadu Moreda, Raúl Muñoz-Castillo, Jay Rineer, Bill Wheaton, and Alan Wyatt

Part 4: Green Infrastructure Development

13. Green Growth and Water Services in Latin American Cities

Greg Browder

14. Water Funds as a Tool for Urban Water Provision and Watershed Conservation in Latin America

Fernando Veiga, Alejandro Calvache, Silvia Benitez, Jorge León and Aurelio Ramos

15. Green Infrastructure and Watershed Protection in US Cities: Insights for Latin America

Jonathan Kaledin

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