CEO Water Mandate

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Agua por la vida y la sostenibilidad

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5888268 km2
Brazil; Peru; Suriname; France; Colombia; Guyana; Bolivia; Venezuela; Ecuador
Santa Cruz; Manaus; La Paz
Location City, Country & Regions Interests


  • Corporación Autónoma regional del Valle del Cauca
  • FEMSA Foundation
  • PAVCO Pipelines
  • SABMiller Plc
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Vallenpaz

Quick Info

Countries: Colombia
Regions: Colombia, Magdalena
Project SDGs:
Sustainable Development Goals
Soil Erosion and Health
Target 2.4: Sustainable Agriculture
Target 6.6: Protect and Restore Ecosystems
Dairy and livestock
Project Type: Collective Action
Start & End Dates: Oct. 2010  »  Ongoing
Project Contact: Ana Guzmán -
Profile Completion: 64%

Project Overview

Cauca Valley is Colombia’s largest sugarcane producing region. Irrigation demands, combined with the needs of a growing population, of around 1.2 million living in five cities, have led to increased water scarcity in the region. As in many other Andean regions, use of the upper watersheds for cattle grazing and small plot farming has led to altered water supplies, increased erosion and landslides, diminishing water quality and new challenges for irrigation.

Project Objectives

The population and sectors served include: 1.2 million residents in five cities, sugar cane growers association, sugar mill industry association, conservation organizations, municipal water organizations and the hydropower sector.