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.

CIRDI's Approach

This project contributed to the integrated management of Peru’s water and mining resources by:

  • Raising the level of education in Peru about integrated water resource management (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 Components

  • In partnership with Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and UBC, CIRDI developed a certificate program in integrated water resources management for inclusion in a new Diploma in Water and Mining at PUCP, which began in March 2017.
  • In October 2016, CIRDI worked with Peruvian partners to bring 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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, especially Indigenous and rural women – and to identify ways to increase local capacity, welfare and economic benefits for women, with a particular focus on the role of women in mining-related water resource management. Learn more.
  • 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 of. This came as a result of the educational programs and the many meetings that CIRDI’s team and our project partners have had with ANA and several Peruvian universities during the past few years while CIRDI was implementing the IWRM. ANA and the universities recognized that CIRDI’s team has helped to create what they have called an important collaborative space to advance integrated water resources management in Peru. In addition, ANA created on February 5, 2018, 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.
  • 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. Read the Case Study.
  • CIRDI supported the 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


  • Profiled the diverse roles of women in water management, identified challenges and opportunities for women, and increased women’s access to information, data and educational opportunities. Helped advance women’s equal participation as informed decision-makers in shaping sustainable development in their communities.


  • Enhanced the capacity for education, research and evidence-based decision-making regarding water resources. Equipped local government, civil society and academic actors to better understand and manage their water resources.


  • Enhanced the governance capacity at ANA, other local and regional government agencies, Peruvian universities and civil society organizations such as participatory environmental monitoring committees.

Intended Impact

The project aimed to:

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

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