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Area: 5888268 km2
Countries:
Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
Cities:
Santa Cruz; Manaus; La Paz
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Countries: Colombia
Regions: Colombia, Magdalena
Organization SDGs:
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Increase Access to Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (SDG 6.1 & 6.2)
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Stakeholder Participation (SDG 6.b)
Sustainable Agriculture (SDG 2.4)
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Water Funds
Conservation Agriculture/Agronomy
Dairy and Livestock
Pesticide and Fertilizer Management
Services Offered: Financial support
Org. Type: Water Fund
Language: Español
Org. Website: www.aguasomos.org
Org. Source: User
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Organization Overview

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 services in the hydric ecosystem of the water basins located the city of Bogotá.

Bogota’s thirst for clean water has been growing for decades, in lock step with its population, now at more than 7 million. Most of...

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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 services in the hydric ecosystem of the water basins located the city of Bogotá.

Bogota’s thirst for clean water has been growing for decades, in lock step with its population, now at more than 7 million. Most of Bogota’s water originates high above the city in Chingaza National Park. There, forests and Neotropical alpine grasslands known as paramos feed and protect the city’s main watershed, its tributaries and, ultimately, the water that flows through Bogota’s plumbing. But Chingaza, and the watersheds of Tunjuelo and Tibitoc that complete the water supply for Bogota, lack the money required to be truly protected. Forest and paramo degradation and clearing for cattle ranching and farming occurs in and around the park, and that has taken its toll on water quality. The roots of plants act as natural sieves that retain and release water. With them now gone, erosion and mudslides have resulted, harming water quality and wildlife. Over the past few decades, the sedimentation problem has been growing as the clearing of land for farm fields has increased. Agua Somos is technical and financial solution involving the private and public sector, with participation in the conservation of ecosystems responsible for production and regulation of water consumed by millions of Colombians in Bogotá and the capital region.

The population and sectors served include 7.2 million people, the municipal drinking water agency and a beverage bottling company.

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