Currently, the development of Latin America's water resources is in many watersheds / catchment areas far from sustainable, allowing vital assets to degrade and leaving the continent more vulnerable to future change. Key constraints to integrated management include inadequate knowledge of water systems and water technologies and to manage complex social-ecological interactions.
The current situation seems one in which policy, decision makers and stakeholders are often uninvolved and unaware of the rapidly growing field of water reuse, recycling research and knowledge. Furthermore, the expertise, data and methods developed are often not in a format useful for the decision-makers who need tools and information that they can apply in decision making.
In order to be able to maximize the benefits from reuse and recycling technologies projects a larger systemic analysis of the environment is needed, an enlargement of the traditional arrow planning and management approaches, and a growing sensitivity to decision-making associated with multi-objective, multi-purpose actions and multi uses parameters. However, the problem is not cantered on the lack of treatment techniques and technologies, but rather on how such schemes may become more efficient and implementable. COROADO will both develop new and adapt existing concepts and operational frameworks and produce a web-based toolbox for reuse and recycling technologies in the context of integrated water resources management, taking into account long-lasting changes, and at the same time addressing environmental and ecosystem integrity. Climate change and water scarcity in relation with the pertinent technologies will also be addressed.
- Development of capacity and methods for assessing, mapping and valuing multiple water reuse and recycling.
- Technologies, across space and time for informed integrated management.
- Development of understanding and tools for building resilience and incorporating trade-offs into water reuse and recycling technologies implementation though integrated management of water resources, in the face of uncertainty, unexpected events and climate change.
- Development of an understanding of needed transitions of governance and policy systems in order to mainstream such water reuse and recycling technologies implementation in decision-making processes.
- Development and dissemination of a web toolbox and share lessons learned regionally to the international audience and to facilitate partnerships among local and regional and national institutions.
- The design of appropriate environmental planning and applicable investment strategies, based on the bottom-up case-study driven approach for each case study and by expansion to other similar areas, so as to select the most suitable technologies to be implemented.
- The overall approach which will reduce fragmentation in the efforts to implement reuse and recycling technologies, techniques and strategies, involving and empowering stakeholders at different levels and at different stages of an anticipatory planning process.
- Providing a continuous and appropriate set of guidelines, manuals and educational material so that policy relevant standards can be applied by end users and policy makers upon the completion of COROADO, without any further support.
The web based Communication, Capacity Building and Research Tool will present a richer menu of options from assessment and planning to implementation, monitoring and evaluation The system will be designed so as to present critical information in an interesting and efficient manner, offering an engaging learning experience. The project will include deliberate efforts to ensure knowledge and capacity exchanges between the project sites, and among Latin American, European and other parts of the world facing similar conditions, by introducing exchanges based on research in the four study sites and generated outcomes with a strong emphasis in dissemination.
The effort may develop an understanding of needed transitions of governance and policy systems in order to mainstream such water reuse and recycling technologies implementation, providing a continuous and appropriate set of guidelines, and manuals so that policy relevant standards may be applied by end users and policy makers and after the completion of COROADO, without any further support.