Education and Research for Integrated Water Resources Management in Peru



Focus Area

Inclusive Growth and Community Engagement





sustainable development goals




Global Affairs Canada

Who Benefits


Peru National Water Authority (ANA)


Other government agencies

Local governments from Peru’s Áncash and Cusco regions

NGOs & citizens participating in environmental monitoring committees

University professors and researchers in Lima, Áncash and Cusco


People of Peru with particular focus on Lima, Áncash and Cusco

Delivery Partners

Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP)

Grupo de Diálogo Minero y Desarrollo Sostenible

Futuro Sostenible

The Challenge

Although Peru is a water-rich country, mountain ranges separate the country’s in-land Amazonian water supply from the people and economic activity on the coast. Increasing population growth, climate change, and a legacy of unregulated mining activity and water use contribute to a growing urgency for a coordinated national strategy to manage this precious resource. The Peruvian government has begun to invest in and request assistance with integrated resource management.

CIRDI's Approach

CIRDI has identified that education is fundamental to the development of Peru’s water management strategy and conflict prevention to address integrated resource management (IRM) and to promote dialogue and engagement. The Education and Research for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Peru program was designed to empower the Government of Peru to lead an engaged group of stakeholders from academia, civil society, and private sector in the development of sustainable management practices for its integrated watershed resources.  The project contributed to the integrated management of Peru’s water and mining resources by:

  • Raising the level of education in Peru about IWRM;
  • Building capacity within Peruvian universities, government bodies, and community organizations to gather and manage related data;
  • Producing education and research programs that target national, municipal, and community actors with a focus on areas of mining activity including all water users.

Project Activities

  • In partnership with the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), CIRDI developed a certificate program in IWRM that was included in a new Diploma in Water and Mining program at PUCP (began in March 2017).
  • In October 2016, CIRDI in partnership with Peruvian partners brought together 200 participants from industry, government, and civil society to support citizen participation in environmental monitoring in Peru’s mining regions. Sixty-eight of the participants were men and women representing 22 committees from seven different regions in Peru. The project documented and provided public access to open‐source resources on participatory environmental monitoring groups, including a baseline that captures the presence and scope of existing monitoring groups.
  • Over 180 participants from government, industry, academia, NGOs, and civil society gathered in Lima, Peru on February 16 & 17, 2017 to discuss gender issues in mining with an emphasis on the use of water resources. The conference aimed to raise awareness of the challenges and impacts of mining on the lives of women, and to identify ways to increase local capacity, welfare, and economic benefits for women.
  • In August 2018, the Peruvian National Water Authority (ANA) created the Academic Roundtable on Water (resolution # 237-2018) in which ANA, 18 Peruvian universities, and CIRDI are members. This came as a result of the educational programs and continuous collaboration between CIRDI’s team, project partners, ANA, and several Peruvian universities. ANA and the universities acknowledged that CIRDI’s team has helped to create “an important collaborative space to advance integrated water resources management in Peru”. In addition, on February 5, 2018, ANA created the Technical Unit for Dams, attached to the Water Resources Planning and Development Directorate of ANA. The creation of this unit is key for the future and security of water management in Peru.
  • In late September 2018, the project team published an academic paper in the peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Water. The title of the paper is, “What Participation? Distinguishing Water Monitoring Programs in Mining Regions Based on Community Participation.”
  • In October 2018, more than 40 participants from 13 countries gathered in Panama to share their perspectives and experiences at the Regional Workshop on Participatory Environmental Governance for Sustainable Natural Resources Management in Latin America, with a focus on Participatory Environmental Monitoring Committees (PEMCs). The Panama Workshop brought together the PEMC representatives from four countries included in a Regional Study on PEMCs (Argentina, Bolivia, Panama, and Peru) as well as NGO experts and UNDP officials from the Latin American region. The workshop served as a space for collaboratively developing ideas to improve PEMCs and to validate the results of the 9 cases studied. The report entitled “Participatory Environmental Monitoring Committees in Mining Contexts: Lessons from Nine Case Studies in Four Latin American Countries” presents the results of simultaneous investigations conducted in Argentina, Bolivia, Panama, and Peru.
  • The Cerro Verde case study of the Cerro Verde mine’s development of a wastewater treatment plant in Arequipa, Peru was developed to illustrate how a collaborative approach can create an innovative solution to a business need, a community issue, and an environmental challenge – and ultimately how mining can contribute to sustainable development.
  • CIRDI supported the UBC’s School of Public Policy and Global Affairs in implementing the Global Policy Project: a Capstone Project that was developed by five students from the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs Program. This work, in addition to developing students’ capacity, resulted in specific policy recommendations to support ANA and its mandate.


Cross-Cutting Themes


  • Gender considerations were at the forefront of this project, as women in Peru do not have equitable access to resources or decision-making. The project’s research on women, water, and mining came directly from the workshop held on this topic in February 2017. On March 1, 2018, a workshop to disseminate the results of this research was held in Lima and included the participation of Peruvian government representatives and community members where the study took place.


  • The project enhanced the capacity for education, research, and evidence-based decision-making regarding water resources. The program activities have also equipped local government, civil society, and academic actors to better understand and manage their water resources.


  • All activities under this project focused on enhancing the governance capacity at Peruvian National Water Authority, local and regional government organizations, Peruvian universities, and civil society organizations. The creation of the Academic Roundtable on Water by ANA is an achievement that will strengthen Peruvian water governance and that will create additional spaces to debate the future of water management in Peru.

Project Impact


  • Improved application of IWRM practices and opportunities for collaboration among relevant government employees and communities.
  • Increased the use of participatory environmental monitoring data by government and industry in Peru’s mining regions.
  • Improved IWRM practices in Peru’s mining sector through lessons learned from the Cerro Verde Case Study.
  • Increased the number of women participating in governance and decision-making related to water and environmental sustainability.

project team


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