This session will focus on the technological and operational challenges to provide safe water supply and sanitation to remote villages in rainforest regions and the required governance and auto regulation framework to guarantee its sustainability. The sessions will emphasize the actions that are carried out in the transboundary basin of the Amazon River, located in nine countries in Latina America.
The Amazon river and its tributaries drain an area of about 40 % of the continent, in which lives a population of about 30 million people. A high percentage of the total population consists of indigenous communities that, paradoxically, do not have access to good quality water and sanitation, leading to serious health problems.
In the session it will be presented the experiences of different countries in addressing this issue in an integrated way. National and local governments, universities, experts and nonprofit organizations will present their experience in implementing small infrastructure systems in the region: technological arrangements as well as the process of empowering local people, and thus, building sustainability.
MEMBERS OF THE SESSION COORDINAION GROUP
Inter- American Development Bank (IDB)
Ministry of Integration of the Government of Brazil.
11h00 - 11h05 Presentation and introduction of the Panel
Irene Guimarães Altafin, Panel Moderator, IDB Consultant
11h05 - 11h20 Facing the challenges of providing sustainable clean water and sanitation in rural areas of rainforests: initiatives and experiences in the Amazon River Basin.
Sonaly Cristina Rezende Borges de Lima - Federal University of Minas Gerais, UFMG, Brazil - Keynote Speaker
11h20 -11h30 Water and sanitation in the Peruvian Rural Amazon.
Guillermo León - President of the Peruvian Engineering Association, APEC, Peru.
11h30-11h40 Improving the use of rainwater harvesting in rainforest regions in Brazil.
Ronaldo Mendes, Federal University of Pará, UFPA, Brazil.
11h40- 11h50 Sustainable sanitation technologies for flood prone areas in the Amazon River Basin.
João Paulo Borges Pedro, Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development, Tefé, Amazonas, Brazil.
11h50-12h00 FUNASA's strategy for rural sanitation in the Brazilian Amazon.
Rainier Pedraça de Azevedo - National Health Foundation, FUNASA, Br.
12h00– 12h20 Questions and answers, and brief discussion
12h20- 12h30 Final remarks and adjourn