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4 Nov 2014

FEMSA Foundation and the IDB reward best practices on Water in Latin America and The Caribbean

  • Organizations from Argentina, Colombia, and Ecuador received the award this year in the categories Water Management, Sanitation Management, and Solid Waste Management.
  • The Water Award winning projects will receive scholarships for training courses taught by the Water Center for Latin America and The Caribbean as well as the Silver Drop, created by plastic artist Gerardo Azcunaga.

Monterrey, Mexico. November 04, 2014.- Thanks to the innovative solutions in regards to Water Management, Sanitation Management, and Solid Waste Management, organizations working in Ecuador, Colombia, and Argentina won the Sixth IDB-FEMSA Water and Sanitation Award for Latin America and the Caribbean. FEMSA Foundation and the Inter-American Development Bank bestow this award.

This Award aims to encourage the exchange of experiences in order to generate creative solutions that promote the sustainable development of Latin America and The Caribbean. Every year, a Technical Committee consisting of specialists from IDB - in coordination with FEMSA Foundation - meet to assess and select projects that have achieved measurable results.

“We hope that the Water Award keeps bringing us closer so that together we can look for ways to improve the way we work, looking to care for such a precious resource as water; with the conviction of leaving sustainable legacies for future generations,” said Genaro Borrego Estrada, Director of Corporate Affairs FEMSA.

In the Water Management category, Ecuador's Empresa Pública Metropolitana de Agua Potable y Saneamiento (EPMAPS) won thanks to its support for the Water Protection Fund (FONAG, for its acronym in Spanish). The Fund benefits over 2 million people in the rural and urban regions of Greater Quito by protecting more than 9 watersheds, which are the source of water for the population.

Rosario County in Argentina received the award in the Solid Waste Management category for a project of waste collection in containers benefitting 650,000 people. This program has an automated on-site container maintenance and cleaning system.

In the Sanitation Management category, the organization Give to Colombia received the ‘Silver Drop’ thanks to its creative solution for bringing not only sanitation to the communities most in need of it but also for linking the public and private sectors in the development of a project that they hope, in the future, to replicate throughout the country.

“We have bestowed this award for the past six years together with FEMSA Foundation as a recognition for public officials and operators of water and sanitation services who have implemented innovative and efficient solutions for the sector's issues in our region. We will keep on pinpointing these success stories, which let us improve the generation and dissemination of knowledge throughout Latin America and The Caribbean,” said Sergio I. Campos, Head of the Water and Sanitation Division at the IDB.

The Water Award winning projects will receive scholarships for training courses taught by the Water Center for Latin America and The Caribbean; they will also receive the Silver Drop, which was designed by plastic artist Gerardo Azcunaga. The Award was established in 2009 by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and FEMSA Foundation looking to recognize the organizations that have implemented innovative and efficient solutions with proven results.

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About FEMSA Foundation

FEMSA Foundation is an instrument for social investment that supports both the conservation and sustainable use of water, and the improvement of the quality of life in the community through applied education, science, and technology.

Its department of Sustainable Development of Water Resources channels resources to projects that focus on protecting water sources and promoting their appropriate use and on sanitation and hygiene practices both for present and future generations. It is divided in three programs: Conservation of Watersheds, Water and Sanitation, and Construction of Capacities and Applied Research. The department of Quality of Life focuses on supporting projects that center on improving the nutrition and health of the population in our communities; its programs are: Education in Nutrition and Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles and Construction of Capacities and Applied Research.


About the Inter-American Development Bank

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is the largest financing source for the development of Latin America and The Caribbean. In alliance with its clients, the IDB looks to eradicate poverty and inequality as well as to promote a sustainable economic development; to achieve this, the Bank provides financial and technical support in addition to knowledge services to support the development's interventions.


About the IDB-FEMSA Water and Sanitation Award

IDB-FEMSA Water and Sanitation Award for Latin America and The Caribbean was established by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) and FEMSA Foundation in 2009 looking to acknowledge organizations that have implemented innovative and efficient solutions, with proven results, in three categories: Water Management, Sanitation Management, and Solid Waste Management. The Award looks to encourage the exchange of experiences in order to generate innovative and sustainable solutions in the region; to achieve this, every year it highlights projects that have achieved measurable results. The selection of winners is backed by a Technical Committee consisting of specialists from IDB in coordination with FEMSA Foundation. The winners receive scholarships for training courses in specific topics associated to the sector and taught by the Water Center for Latin America and The Caribbean. Winners also receive the Silver Drop created by plastic artist Gerardo Azcunaga.

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