Colombia: ANLA Strengthens Water Monitoring
June 16, 2017
Just in time to try and control the ‘domino effect’ that the boom of popular referendums is causing in Colombia, the National Environmental Licensing Authority (ANLA) announced actions to protect water in the country through instruments such as monitoring.
The entity participated in the first water monitoring workshop 2017-2018, organized by the Canadian Corporation and the Agri team Foundation. The goal is to increase sustainable economic benefits from the extractive sector.
Three topics were discussed in the workshop:
-Enhanced environmental sustainability and efficiency of the extractive sector
-Improving the dissemination and transparency of sector information
-Improving the participation of men and women in the industry
ANLA emphasized that this strategy is based on the Integrated Water Resources Management Policy and the monitoring program will be implemented over the next five years throughout the country.
The entity’s representatives highlighted the program’s success in the department of Cesar - located in the Colombian Caribbean - where advances in the coupling of monitoring conditions of the surface and underground water resources were achieved. The methods used to advance were standardizing parameters, frequencies and analytical techniques.
A "local monitoring network" and a database were created to carry out regional analyzes of quality and quantity of water.
ANLA issued eight resolutions to strengthen the monitoring strategy between 2015 and 2016. One of these resolutions calls for achieving a regional Integrated Hydrological Model and use technical guidelines to build the monitoring model.
Bottom-Line: Seems like ANLA is here to save the day.
Recently, we explained the effects that the ‘boom of popular referendums’ is having in Colombia. ANLA’s announcement is important at this time since we understand that water is citizen’s main stated concern and there is much misinformation about consequences of oil and mining activities in their territories.
Integrating the different strategies at regional and national levels will ease many processes between private sector, government and communities.
All parties must participate in this strategy, as it will help to reduce social unrest and improve knowledge about water, especially in rural communities.