Water management poses a critical development challenge in Bolivia, as highlighted by the 2017 water supply crisis in La Paz and by widespread flooding in Cochabamba in 2018. Limited access to safely managed sanitation services is also a major challenge in Bolivia, where only half the population had access to basic sanitation in 2015, and less than 15% of wastewater received any treatment. Bolivia, however, is well positioned to respond positively to these challenges because of the existence of a progressive and proactive Ministry of the Environment and Water (MMAyA for its Spanish initials).
The Bolivia WATCH program – or the WASH Thinking Connected to Hydrology program – supports ongoing efforts by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to both promote innovative Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) solutions and implementation of Bolivia’s National Watershed Plan.
Over three years, SEI will coordinate these two lines of collaboration with MMAyA and work in strong and sustained partnership with other important organizations in Bolivia.
SEI researchers Felipe Benavides and Jeanne Fernandez reflect on a recent tour of Bolivia's Tupiza watershed, where residents have "lost everything."
SEI experts explain how a new project will help Bolivia connect sanitation with watershed management.
The Water Evaluation and Planning tool (WEAP) provides a comprehensive, flexible and user-friendly framework for policy analysis in water resources planning.
Resource Value Mapping (REVAMP) helps city planners estimate resources and reuse potential in a city's wastewater and their financial values.
A new tool developed by SEI's Bolivia WATCH team integrates sanitation and hygiene considerations into watershed planning.
Urban and agricultural growth in Bolivian dry forests are putting pressure on groundwater and surface water supply. SEI research seeks to quantify the problem.
This fact sheet explores the research aimed at preserving the ecosystems of high-elevation wetlands in Bolivia amid the effects of climate change.
In Chía, Colombia, inadequate waste management is putting lives and ecosystems at risk. We worked with locals to crunch data and calculate scenarios for change.
Farmers in Bolivia are struggling as their water supply becomes increasingly unreliable. Could better models lead to policies that help the most vulnerable?
This paper describes the development of poverty-related indicators in SEI's Water Evaluation And Planning (WEAP) tool.
Bolivia faces a deepening water crisis. SEI helped plan for the future by creating the first-ever comprehensive model of Bolivia’s rivers, lakes and streams.
Clean and Green is the first rural sanitation implementation framework that explicitly addresses efficient local resource management