WATCH — WASH Thinking Connected to Hydrology — is an innovative program linking watershed management to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) to reduce poverty and enhance livelihoods. It combines scientific methods with local knowledge to create an inclusive strategy that ensures equitable access to clean water and sanitation.

In this session , SEI researchers will present how this approach is being used in Bolivia and why it is essential as the country’s economy and water demand grow. The event will detail a multi-scale, multi-objective process, using tools that were co-designed with communities and government institutions. The process helped formulate plans for three watersheds that included not only water availability for productive uses, but also equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation. This highlighted the value of water in contributing to poverty reduction and a more sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient future.

Presenters will highlight the resulting plans that integrate watershed dynamics and WASH actions leading to actions that improve water security and that have financial viability through short and long-term investments. They will demonstrate how integrative approaches can tackle water management challenges beyond WASH and watershed to include issues environmental flows and public health.

Agenda

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Conceptual and methodological framework for the integration of sanitation and watershed management: Bolivia WATCH program
  • The stakeholder’s perspective: how the integration of sanitation and watershed management improved governance and investments
  • Q&A
  • Strengths, weaknesses, and key challenges for the integration of sanitation and watershed management: lessons learned from Bolivia WATCH project
  • Breakout group discussion
    • Breakout room 1: Discussion panel regarding proposals to overcome the weaknesses and key challenges for the integration of sanitation and watershed management
    • Breakout room 2: Financing panel to implement actions that integrate sanitation and watershed management
  • Summary and wrap-up