This volume provides an analytical and facts-based overview on the progress achieved in water security in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region over during the last decade, and its links to regional development, food security and human well-being. Although the book takes a regional approach, covering a vast of data pertaining to most of the LAC region, some chapters focus on seven countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru).
A full understanding of LAC’s trends progress requires framing this region in the global context: an ever more globalized world where LAC has an increasing geopolitical power and a growing presence in international food markets. The book’s specific objectives are: (1) exploring the improvements and links between water and food security in LAC countries; (2) assessing the role of the socio-economic ‘megatrends’ in LAC, identifying feedback processes between the region’s observed pattern of changes regarding key biophysical, economic and social variables linked to water and food security; and (3) reviewing the critical changes that are taking place in the institutional and governance water spheres, including the role of civil society, which may represent a promising means to advancing towards the goal of improving water security in LAC.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction
1. Water and Food Security in Latin America and the Caribbean: Regional Opportunities to Cope with Global Challenges
Part 2: Setting the Scene
2. Water Resources Assessment
3. Trends in Land Use and Ecosystem Services in Latin America
4. Socio-economic Megatrends for Water and Food Security in Latin America
5. Globalization and Trade
6. Tracking Progress and Links between Water and Food Security in Latin America and the Caribbean
Part 3: Water for Food and Non-food
7. Water and Agriculture
8. Water Security and Cities
9. Water, Energy, Bioenergy, Industry and Mining
Part 4: Economic, Legal and Institutional Factors for Achieving Water and Food Security
10. Water Efficiency: Status and Trends
11. Reforming Water Governance Structures in LAC
12.. The Role of Stakeholders in Water Management in LAC
13. Economic Instruments for Allocating Water and Financing Services
14. Legal Framework and Economic Incentives for Managing Ecosystem Services
15. Rethinking Integrated Water Resources Management: Towards Water and Food Security through Adaptive Management
Bárbara A. Willaarts is a Researcher at the Water Observatory – Botín Foundation and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Research Centre for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks (CEIGRAM), Technical University of Madrid, Spain.
Alberto Garrido is a Professor in Agricultural Economics, Technical University of Madrid, Director of the Research Centre for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks (CEIGRAM) and Deputy Director of the Water Observatory – Botín Foundation, Madrid, Spain.
M. Ramón Llamas is the Director of the Water Observatory – Botín Foundation and Emeritus Professor at Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.
"Water for Food Security and Well-Being in Latin America and the Caribbean is a very timely publication. It is a must-read for everyone interested in the topic." – International Journal of Water Resources Development, Martin Keulertz, Purdue University, USA