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Water Funds: An option to implement Ecosystem-based Adaptation measures (EbA)

Latin American countries are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, in particular to the intensity of rainy periods, which increase the probability of floods and landslides, as well as to periods of prolonged droughts. Restoring environmental water functions through sustainable mechanisms is an option to link ecosystems, cities and climate risk. Through the GIZ Sector Network for Environmental Management and Rural Development (GADeR-ALC) Colombia, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador came together to develop technical-communication material that shows in a practical way how Water Funds are an option to implement Ecosystem-based Adaptation measures. Water Funds are stable, transparent and long-term financial mechanisms that gather a variety of users as well as public and private actors around a common goal to contribute to water security through Nature-based Solutions and sustainable watershed management.