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Area: 5888268 km2
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Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
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Santa Cruz; Manaus; La Paz
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2.52 out of 5
WWF Country Risk Score
127 out of 248 Countries
WWF Country Rank
Total Organizations: 6
Total Projects: 1
Priority SDGs: Sustainable Agriculture (SDG 2.4)
Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
Water Quality (SDG 6.3)
Water Use Efficiency (SDG 6.4)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Water-Related Disaster Management (SDG 11.5)
Sustainable Production (SDG 12.4)
Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
Priority Regions: --
Priority Industries: Biotech, health care & pharma
Food, beverage & agriculture
Hospitality
Power generation
Organization Types:
33%
Business
33%
NGO / Civil Society
17%
Government
17%
Water Fund
Profile Completion: 91%

Water-Related Challenge Costs

Total annual estimated cost to address all water-related challenges: $442,587,368.00

Share of total annual estimated cost to address each individual challenge (2015 $USD):

  • Access to Drinking Water: $183,915,316.00 - [42%]
  • Access to Sanitation: $94,505,592.00 - [21%]
  • Industrial Pollution: $9,416,686.00 - [2%]
  • Agricultural Pollution: $80,983,818.00 - [18%]
  • Water Scarcity: $1,395.00 - [0%]
  • Water Management: $73,764,561.00 - [17%]

For more about this data, see information on WRI’s Achieving Abundance dataset here.

Water Challenges

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100.0%
Access to Water Supply and Water Services

Country Overview

1.1.1.WATER RESOURCES We can distinguish two major basins in Paraguay that are integrated into the main basin of the River Plate. a)First, the Paraguay River Basin (353,752km2), which includes the Pilcomayo River which flows into the first in the vicinity of Asunción. The entire Chaco (246,845km2) with about two thirds of the Eastern Region (106,907km2) belongs to this basin, accounting for 87 per cent of the country. The Paraguay River is the major means of communication and national integration. It is navigable for much of its route, from its confluence with the Paraná to 2,300km further north, but only to Asuncion for big ships. Its main tributaries (Apa border with Brazil, Aquidabán, Ypané, Jejuí and Tebicuari) flow on its left, i.e. from the eastern part of the country. The Pilcomayo River, the most important water course across the Chaco region, is born in the Andes and flows eastward into the Paraguay River, after passing through an area that becomes groundwater flow, called the Estero Patiño. The Pilcomayo is the natural border between Paraguay and Argentina for a length of 835km.. Other important rivers of the Chaco Region are: Green, Monte Lindo and Confused, all tributaries of the Paraguay River on its right bank. b)The rest of the country's land belongs to the Paraná Basin (52,998km3). These two rivers merge in the south. Tributaries of the Paraná River, arising in Paraguay that deserve to be mentioned for their importance are Acaray, Monday, Piratiy and Carapa, all with an important hydroelectric potential. The Itaipu Dam, located on the Parana River on the border between Brazil and Paraguay, has a storage capacity of 29km3, with a maximum seawall .height of 225m It has the largest installed hydroelectric capacity in the world with 12’600MW with an annual production of nearly 75 million MWh and supplies 78 per cent of the total power in Paraguay. Additionally, the reservoir Yacyretá also on the Paraná River on the border with Argentina, floods some 1,690km2 and stores about 81km3. The electrical energy generated by this dam, with an initial capacity of 2,100MW installed but expected to reach 3,100MW, is intended primarily to supply Argentina.

1.1.2.WATER USE Total water withdrawal in Paraguay amounts to 0.4km3. Withdrawals (as a per cent of total) are agriculture (78 per cent), industry (7 per cent) and domestic (15 per cent).

1.2.WATER QUALITY, ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN HEALTH Major environmental problems are deforestation; water pollution; inadequate means for waste disposal which poses health risks for many urban residents; and loss of wetlands. The Pantanal of South America is one of the largest, untouched and biologically rich environments on the planet. Often referred to as the world’s largest freshwater wetland system, it extends through millions of hectares of central-western Brazil, eastern Bolivia and eastern Paraguay. However, both untreated, domestic sewage and garbage are discharged into the Pantanal's rivers and wetlands, adding to the organic loading and sediment and chemical contamination. Much of this comes from rapidly growing domestic centres in the highlands outside of the Pantanal, and particularly in the northern Pantanal. One infamous example is Cuiabá, the capital of Mato Grosso. Cuiabá is located in the watershed of the Cuiabá River and lacks waste treatment facilities. The domestic waste from this major metropolitan area is discharged into the Cuiabá River, one of the major tributaries of the Paraguay River. Overall, the two million plus inhabitants of the Upper Paraguay River Basin contribute millions of gallons everyday of untreated wastewater to the Pantanal, and this situation will become increasingly serious as the population of the basin is projected to double by 2025.

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Organizations in Paraguay


Transformar la gestión del riego y el cuidado del agua a través de soluciones tecnológicas integrales. Nos enfocamos en tres pilares fundamentales: 1) maximizar la eficiencia hídrica en la agricultura sostenible, 2) facilitar la compra de créditos de compensación de … Learn More

The Agua Somos Water Fund was created as a water conservation mechanism for Bogotá, with the objective of being an efficient financial tool to administer the necessary resources to implement conservation actions that will guarantee the maintenance and provision of … Learn More

AGUALIMPIA ́S MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO CONSTRUCT NETWORKING BETWEEN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, PRIVATE SECTOR AND COMMUNITIES, TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO WATER AND SANITATION. AGUALIMPIA PROVIDES: i) COACHING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO LOCAL GOVERMENTS, ii) HYGIENE EDUCATION IN RURAL AND PERIURBAN AREAS, … Learn More

La Autoridad Nacional del Agua (ANA), de acuerdo a la Ley No 29338 - Ley de Recursos Hídricos, es el ente rector y máxima autoridad técnico - normativa del Sistema Nacional de Gestión de los Recursos Hídricos, el cual es … Learn More

To create and implement innovative, environmentally friendly wastewater treatment and reuse solutions for any situation anywhere in the world. System O)) are various certified wastewater treatment solutions in terms of performance by the United States, Canada, Europe, and many others. … Learn More

Somos una organización social, ONGs, Fundación Privada, especializada en realización, diseño, planificación, ejecución, puesta en marcha y control de Proyectos Multivariable, Proyectos de Producción e Inversión social en las áreas de agro-desarrollos y comercialización de alimentos, trabajando esforzadamente para la … Learn More

Projects in Paraguay


This project approaches the problem of the high demand of water in urban and peri-urban areas, which surpasses the Pati�o aquifer recharge speed. The Pati�o aquifer is located in the city of San Lorenzo, an area where the municipalities of … Learn More


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