Collaboration in water management between Chile and the Netherlands
Chile faces great challenges in relation to water management. These challenges however also represent opportunities to improve safety and quality in the service provided to its inhabitants. During the latest visit to Chile of Mr. Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, a revolutionary cooperation project was launched between Chile and The Netherlands, specifically in the Elqui river basin, in which a better management and distribution of the water resource will be sought, in a pilot plan that could resolve the drought in the region.
The Dutch Embassy in Chile explores a permanent and expanded collaboration on several fronts that include development of knowledge and technology to improve productivity in water usage, the training of professionals in water management and promote the formulation of water policies that include efficiency and conservation, reuse and recycling, climate change and efficiency of water use and supply.
Also in Chile, The Netherlands enjoys the reputation of “water country”, with one of the largest water management projects in the world with a quarter of its surface below sea level.
These initiatives from the public sector provide opportunities for the private sector to introduce their knowledge, technology, solutions and products.
Chile also looks with interest towards how the Netherlands has organized water treatment, where natural treatments of great efficiency have recently taken a big boost.
It also highlights the fact that these kinds of experiences are the result of a joint work involving both the public sector, universities and the private companies form this sector.
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