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USAID and Forest Trends Sign $15 Million Agreement to Scale Up Green Infrastructure for Water Security in Peru

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Washington, DC | December 11, 2017 | On December 6th, 2017, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) committed $15 million to support scaling up green infrastructure as a measure to manage water risks in Peru. The commitment comes in the form of a cooperative agreement signed with Forest Trends, an international non-governmental organization that works to innovate and scale-up finance for conservation, to implement the Green Infrastructure for Water Security project.

“We are honored to …

Peru Floods Show Peril of Tackling 21st Century Water Challenges with 20th Century Infrastructure

On the eve of World Water Day last week, and for a week before, millions of Peruvians that live in the country’s coastal zone were reminded of the power of water on their daily lives. Heavy rains triggered violent flooding and landslides, which were shared with the world through unnerving images of homes lost to raging rivers and people struggling out of the mud.

In a cruel paradox, neighborhoods under floodwater had dry taps and no drinking water. High …

Green Infrastructure Key to Solving 21st Century Water Crises

Cities and communities all over the world are facing severe water crises. Sub-Saharan Africa is experiencing its worst drought in decades; and while California is finally seeing its parched reservoirs being refilled, the intensity and fierceness of the storms bringing this relief also harbor new dangers, triggering mudslides, flooding, blizzards, and avalanches – thereby putting lives at risk. Intense and erratic weather patterns such as these put much of our natural infrastructure at risk, and, among other things, make access …

World Water Week 2016 Shines Spotlight on Sustainable Development

Next week, Forest Trends will join over 200 organizations from around the world in Stockholm for the annual World Water Week (WWW) meetings. This year’s WWW focuses on Water for Sustainable Growth, and it shines a light on an important realization: twentieth-century approaches – more storage, pipes, and treatment plants – are not sufficient for 21st century water challenges. Communities around the world are struggling to maintain basic water services in the face of growing scarcity, increasing floods and droughts, …