The chapters in this volume are peer reviewed editions of the papers presented at the 7th meeting of the Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on November 15-17, 2010. The theme for Forum VII was Water for the Americas: Challenges and Opportunities.

This Forum was unique in examining the water problems of the Americas and identifying water management experience gleaned in other parts of the world that might be useful in addressing the problems of the Americas. The sessions illustrated how the water problems of the Americas are common problems, differing only in degree from basin to basin. There was unanimity among the participants about the need for all inhabitants of the Americas to work together to ensure that everyone has access to adequate quantities of healthy water supplies and to appropriate sanitation services.

This volume’s approach is to identify different responses and policies that address common issues and learn from contrasts and experiences. The value and potential that this approach affords is that it provides critical judgments about what has worked well and what needs to be done to gain a better future for the Americas’ water resources and society. Some issues covered in the volume are so pressing and urgent, chief among them is serving the unserved, that any delays putting out new facilities in many a rural areas of Central America may cost lives and reduce the outlook for children. Additionally, the volume makes clear that the outlook for the poorest and the future of hundreds of growing cities are threatened by climate change. This book looks into the future by analyzing present and relevant data and gains insight from the different developmental stages of the hemisphere.

part I|11 pages


part II|48 pages

Water scarcity in the Americas

chapter 2|25 pages

Water scarcity in the Americas

Common challenges – a Northern perspective

chapter 3|21 pages

Water scarcity in Latin America and the Caribbean

Myths and reality

part III|48 pages

Serving the unserved

chapter 4|24 pages

Supply and sanitation

Serving the urban unserved in Latin America, with a special focus on Argentina

chapter 5|22 pages

Supply and sanitation

How are the unserved to be served?

part IV|66 pages

Transboundary issues

part V|55 pages

Indigenous cultures and rights

chapter 10|24 pages

Northern voices, northern waters

Traditional knowledge and water policy development in the Northwest Territories

part VI|40 pages

Institutional innovations

chapter 11|20 pages

Water governance

Institutional response as an adaptation to water scarcity

chapter 12|18 pages

Innovations in agricultural groundwater management

Examples from India

part VII|10 pages


chapter 13|8 pages

Water and the Americas

Lessons for the world