ACCESS TO WATER
Technical and social solutions help communities make the most of available sources
IDRC-supported research engages communities, and countries, in developing durable solutions to water problems. Whatever the challenge, people are more likely to use the resource sustainably if they have a say in the way it is managed. Together, science and cooperation are powerful allies in the fight against water-related diseases and disputes.
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Science helps to calm water conflicts
Cutting-edge computer modelling and consultation with local communities allowed Bolivia’s Agua Sustentable to find political solutions to potentially disastrous clashes over water. Within Bolivia, the IDRC-supported research organization supplied the science underlying a 2004 national water law that helped end the country’s violent “water wars.” More recently, Agua Sustentable used the same tools to broker a deal between Bolivia and Peru.