Sustainable territorial planning and water governance in Andean cities

Sustainable territorial planning and water governance in Andean cities

Geographic scope: National

Title: Strengthening of the territorial approach and water governance in Andean mountain cities, as a strategy for urban resilience to climate change: Case of the Atriz Valley Water Region (Spanish acronym RHVA)

Countries involved: Colombia

Objective: This project aims to establish a territorial water governance system in intermediate and small high mountain cities in the RHVA, which share water sources system and need to develop collaborative tools for their water security as a strategy for adaptation to CC. Pilot actions for adaptation to CC and solidarity gray and green infrastructure will be implemented to benefit the inhabitants of the targeted municipalities.


  • Design and implement strategies for strengthening the water governance system, which allow supra-municipal, institutional and community coordination, and the development of a holistic culture of water, climate and territory in the RHVA.
  • Conserve the ecosystems and watersheds that supply aqueducts of the municipalities of Pasto and Tangua belonging to the RHVA in a way that coordinates the institutions and community organisations involved in the project.
  • Contribute to the efficient and effective provision of the aqueduct service, reducing the risks caused by variation in rainfall and strengthening the institutional capacity of the aqueduct companies and rural water managers for the municipalities of Pasto and Tangua.
  • Contribute to water governance in other Andean cities and regions through systematisation and regional and binational dissemination.

Lead entity: Municipal Township of Pasto

Grant recipient entity: Empresa de Obras Sanitarias de Pasto EMPOPASTO
(Pasto Sanitary Works Company EMPOPASTO)

As there is no water governance system with a territorial approach in the region, this initiative is novel and innovative, proposing the articulation of institutional and social efforts through the synergy of the hydrographic, ecosystem and administrative policy criteria to ensure territorial water security while recognising the need for municipal and social co-responsibility in the conservation of shared ecosystem-water services.

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