Project profile — Natural Infrastructure for Water Security in Peru

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Natural Infrastructure for Water Security in Peru - Overview
USAID - United States Agency for International Development
2018-03-28 - 2023-06-30
Country / region • Peru (98.77%)
• Developing countries, unspecified (1.23%)
Sector • Water And Sanitation
Water sector policy and administrative management (14010) (19.75%)
• Water And Sanitation
Water resources conservation (including data collection) (14015) (19.75%)
• Water And Sanitation
River basins' development (14040) (19.75%)
• Agriculture
Agricultural water resources (31140) (19.75%)
• General Environmental Protection
Environmental research (41082) (19.75%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified
Sectors not specified (99810) (1.25%)
Policy marker • Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (significant objective)
• Climate change mitigation (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (principal objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (significant objective)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (principal objective)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
Description and results


This project aims to promote the conservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of natural ecosystems, or “natural infrastructure”, to improve Peru’s water security and climate risk resilience. The project works to build alliances with public and private actors to facilitate investments in natural infrastructure projects that improve nature’s ability to capture, filter, store and deliver water. The project also aims to promote the participation and leadership of women in decision-making spaces and ensure the integration of gender considerations into national climate and water policies. Project activities include: (1) working with public authorities to eliminate regulatory bottlenecks and design gender-sensitive policies and plans for water management and natural infrastructure; (2) mobilizing funding for natural infrastructure projects from new investors; (3) gathering standardized hydrological and social data in priority watersheds; and (4) working with local communities to design and implement gender-inclusive natural infrastructure projects. These projects include reforestation, wetland conservation, improved grazing and farming practices, and the restoration of pre-Incan infiltration canals. The project’s direct beneficiaries are urban and rural populations and productive sectors, such as agriculture, which are vulnerable to water scarcity and floods. The project is jointly funded by the United States Agency for International Development and the Government of Canada and implemented by a consortium led by Forest Trends, including the Consortium for Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion, the Peruvian Environmental Law Society, EcoDecisión and experts from Imperial College London.

Expected results

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved environment for gender-sensitive investments in natural infrastructure; (2) improved information management and evidence-based decision-making on natural infrastructure; and (3) increased volume of designed, financed and implemented gender-inclusive natural infrastructure investments.

Results achieved

Results achieved as of March 2022 include: (1) implemented regulatory changes, secured institutional commitments from leading water and environmental authorities in Peru and implemented initiatives to prioritize gender equality and natural infrastructure in water governance; (2) helped to facilitate the proposal, adoption and implementation of 23 laws, policies, regulations, or standards addressing climate change adaptation and supported the drafting and adoption of seven legal instruments addressing climate change adaptation and promoting gender equality and non-discrimination against women or girls; (3) improved clarity and credibility among decision-makers regarding the hydrological benefits of natural infrastructure interventions. And the development and implementation of tools that support the rapid identification and quantification of natural infrastructure for water security; (4) supported 717 people (of whom 288 are women) in using climate information or implementing risk-reducing actions for resilience to climate change; (5) trained 5,223 professionals (of whom 2,193 are women) in climate change adaptation; (6) improved economic benefits derived from sustainable natural resource management and biodiversity conservation of 1,714 people; and (7) developed a portfolio of natural infrastructure investments valued at US$332 million in collaboration with water users, government partners and the private sector.



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