Water and Its Sustainable Management in Latin America

Water and Its Sustainable Management in Latin America

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“Excellence through Dialogue – Sustainable Water Management in Developing Countries” has brought together more than 35 institutions from 18 countries and four continents since fall 2009. This Exceed Project seeks to consolidate an international specialist group which is able to address this central subject in discussions throughout the 21st century.
To allow interchange and cooperation within a global academic network, Exceed sets up specialized training programs in areas related to sustainable water management and organizes postgraduate student exchange programs to conduct research for short stays. It also carries out joint investigative studies between the partners and develops a Guest Professor Program at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, which acts as the leading institution in the project.

Selected contributions from six Latin-American partners provide an overview of what is going on in Latin America in terms of sustainable water management in a special issue of the journal CLEAN – Soil, Air, Water. The studies examined are mainly geared towards the areas of Water Science & Engineering, Environmental & Anthropogenic Chemical Aspects, and the Biological Aspects of Water, Health & Nutrition as these are high-priority concerns in certain regions. However, they deal indirectly with Socio-economic, Legal, Management, and International Issues, as well.

Mexico’s large coastline is, for example, highly vulnerable to the threat of tropical cyclones, but in Mexico coastal risk analysis has barely begun. Rodolfo Silva Casarin, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Coyoacan, and colleagues give in their review a broad overview of risk assessment methodologies. Usually these are specific to the conditions of a single country or area. Only very few studies present feasible and effective methodologies, which lead to the effective integration of risk analysis at all levels. This review might function as a starting point for future efforts in Mexico and elsewhere.

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