A thirsty continent? Some Latin American countries, though not all, have managed water supplies efficiently, though once-abundant resources could be in short supply

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Author: Elida Bustos
Date: March-April 2013
From: Latin Trade(Vol. 21, Issue 2)
Publisher: Miami Media, LLC
Document Type: Article
Length: 603 words
Lexile Measure: 1330L

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With a current population of 609 million, projected to grow to 750 million by 2050, plus the rapid advance of urbanization and industrialization in the region, water is definitely on the political agenda in Latin America.

The Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank agree: For years they have financed programs and specific studies to improve water use in the region.

Latin America "includes examples of countries that are quite advanced in water management," says Karin Kemper, sector manager of environment and water resources for the World Bank's Latin American region. "Other countries are looking at Latin America to learn."

Kemper, who did her doctorate in water management in Brazil, cites as a prime example the country's management of its river basins. "In the last 15 years they have built a form of participatory management at the fiver basin level that's an example for the world," she says. The highlight...

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