GSI supports Water Footprint Assessment in Porce basin, Colombia

Good Stuff International has signed a partnership with the Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia in Colombia to provide technical support for the application of the water footprint assessment in the Porce river basin in Colombia. Porce basin is a priority basin in Colombia providing drinking water for the city of Medellin (second largest city in the country) and with perceived anthropic pressure due to the many sectors demanding water from the basin: agriculture, livestock, industrial, domestic, hydropower and mining.


Porce basin with the Porce II reservoir. Courtesy of Empresas Públicas de Medellín.

To our knowledge, this is the first time that the water footprint assessment is applied to a river basin in a way that a whole range of stakeholders is participating: public (at the local, departmental and national level), private, academic and international organisations are actively involved. We are sure this project will contribute to the understanding of the potential and challenges of the water footprint assessment as a tool to support water policy, and are very happy to be part of this team. This initiative is part of the SuizAgua Colombia Project from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and counts on financial and technical support from several national and international organisations. Read more about the project in the project summary, and do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more.

The city of Medellin seen from the Centro de Ciencia y Tecnología de Antioquia.


About the Water Footprint:

The Water Footprint Assessment is a methodology developed by the Water Footprint Network, with the aim of assessing water consumption and pollution, as well as the environmental, economic and social sustainability of those water usages. It can be applied to a process, a product, a consumer, a company, a group of consumers or within a geographically delineated area such as a catchment. We believe the water footprint assessment is a robust tool to understand water consumption and pollution in a catchment, and the logic behind current water allocation in the catchment. We are aware of the existing challenges in this specific water footprint application, such as data accessibility, uncertainties and lack of detailed guidance for a non-scientific public, among others. In spite of the current limitations, the state of the art is evolving rapidly, and the few available catchment case studies indicate that the water footprint assessment contributes with transparency in water consumption and pollution accounts and informs the decision-making process in light of water availability, in the catchment and globally. The information can be used as a starting point to guide dialogues in the catchment.