Webinar Series 2020: The U.S–Chile Water Exchange

Raphael Nogueria (Yeso reservoir, Chile); Ron Thomas/iStock (Sierra Mountain, California)

The Resilient Cities Office of the Metropolitan Regional Government of Chile and the Latin America Project at NRDC are spearheading a new webinar series titled “The U.S.–Chile Water Exchange: Shared Water Management Experiences and Solutions.” The goal of the series is to provide a platform for experts to contribute best practices and lessons learned about water management from the United States and Chile.

Despite the distance that separates the two countries, the United States, particularly the West Coast region, shares many parallels with Chile in geography, ecosystems, and natural resources. They also share similar water challenges, including prolonged droughts, destructive storms and floods, conflict among water users, and a lack of transparency around data management. Through these webinars—which will cover topics like green infrastructure, agriculture, and climate resilience—we hope to accelerate solutions that promote safe water access for people and ecosystems in both hemispheres.

1. Building Resilience Against Drought: The California Experience

To kick off the webinar series, this segment provides a brief overview of water scarcity in the Metropolitan Region in Chile and an in-depth look at best practices and lessons learned from California’s drought response.

Speakers

Andrea Becerra, water policy analyst with the Latin America project at NRDC
Ulrike Broschek, deputy general manager for sustainability at Fundación Chile and head of Escenarios Hídricos
Cristina Huidobro, deputy chief resilience officer for the Metropolitan Regional Government of Chile
Tracy Quinn, California director of water conservation and efficiency at NRDC

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2. Water-Smart Agriculture in the Context of Climate Insecurity

This second segment provides a brief overview of the best practices and lessons learned in California's agriculture sector, a case study of a livestock specialist who improved his water efficiency in Montana, and an in-depth discussion of the Chilean context.

Speakers
Part I: Presentations

Andrea Becerra, water policy analyst with the Latin America project at NRDC
Claire O’Connor, director for water & agriculture at NRDC
Guillermo Donoso Harris, professor at the Center of Water Management and Rights at the Pontifical Catholic University
Cristina Huidobro, deputy chief resilience officer for the Metropolitan Regional Government of Chile
Amanda Maxwell, director of the Latin America project at NRDC
David M. Scott, rancher and livestock specialist at NCAT

Part II: Panel Discussion

Ulrike Broschek, deputy general manager for sustainability at Fundación Chile and head of Escenarios Hídricos
Guillermo Donoso Harris (moderator), professor at the Center of Water Management and Rights at the Pontifical Catholic University
Jorge Marín Alfaro, chief of staff of the executive secretary for the National Irrigation Commission (Comisión Nacional de Riego, CNR)
José Miguel Morán, general manager of the Association of Irrigation and Drainage (Asociación Gremial de Riego y Drenaje)
Ernesto Ríos, regional director of the Metropolitan Region General Water Directorate (Dirección General de Aguas, DGA)

View the presentation PDF here.