Latin America - WATERCLIMA LAC – Watershed and coastal management in Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America - WATERCLIMA LAC – Watershed and coastal management in Latin America and the Caribbean

WATERCLIMA LAC (Watershed and Coastal Management in the context of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean) is a programme contributing to the alleviation of poverty and social inequalities, supporting the reduction on socio-economic impacts of climate change, and strengthening the regional integration dialogue between Latin American countries on water and coastal issues.



Water is a vital resource, essential for human development. It is therefore a strategic frontline in the struggle against poverty, inequality and climate change, and in efforts to strengthen environmental protection and regional, national and local good governance.

Latin America is characterised by a very high number of cross-border river basins, a coastline of considerable length and great diversity in dynamics and characteristics. The coastal zones are also linked to and shaped by river basins, and both are home to large swathes of the population, whose livelihoods tend to depend on the resources associated with these habitats. These intrinsic characteristics, coupled with their environmental, social, cultural and economic importance, call for robust and integrated management of water resources.

The EU has acknowledged the significance of assisting Latin American countries in the water sector through partnerships to further strengthen multi-stakeholder policy dialogue and assist in institutional strengthening, in line with its main policy dialogue instrument in the water sector, the EU Water Initiative (EUWI).

WATERCLIMA was funded through the EuropeAid thematic programme for Environment and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources including Energy (ENRTP). It was approved by the European Commission in 2013 for a duration of 4 years, and will be implemented in 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its total foreseen budget is €8.75 million of which €7 million has been granted by the EU.


Three specific targets have been set for WATERCLIMA:

  • To combat poverty and inequality by improving management of water resources and coastal zone environments to achieve smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
  • To reduce climate change vulnerability and impacts on coastal zones and water resources by designing and implementing climate change adaptation measures.
  • To strengthen common regional dialogue on the integrated management of water resources and coastal zones, and to disseminate results and methods.

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