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Achievements and Challenges of Water Reforms in Chile

April 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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A continuation of the Urban & Water Thematic Group’s “Talk Shop” series.

The presentation will first introduce the main characteristics of 1981 Water Law designed to provide market incentives to reallocate water toward more valuable uses and the 2005 Reform aimed at addressing, among others, speculation in non-consumptive water-use rights. The presentation will then focus on Water Supply and Sanitation (WSS) reforms gradually implemented since the late 1970s and the role of the independent Regulator in enforcing a state-of-the-art tariff setting mechanism aimed at the same time managing demand, recovering costs, encouraging efficiency while still ensuring access by low-income households. The Regulator also monitors the quality of service in urban centers provided by more than 50 utility companies that are either privately owned or are operating under long-term “concession” contracts. These utilities finance their development exclusively from cash generation and from commercial sources. The presentation will candidly assess performance of the reforms to date and discuss challenges ahead.

Host: Alex Bakalian
Facilitator: Abel Mejia

Speaker: Professor Guillermo Donoso

Presenter’s Bio:
Professor Donoso teaches Water Economics and Management and Natural Resources Economics to undergraduate and graduate students at the Water Law and Economic Center and Agricultural Economics Department of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC). Prof. Donoso specializes in water allocation, collective water management, urban water economics and policy and water use efficiency. He is a member of the Board of the International Water Resource Association (IWRA) and of the Stockholm World Water Week Scientific Program Committee. Prof. Donoso was the Dean of the PUC’s College of Agriculture and Forestry between 1998 and 2007.

Note: The host will open the meeting room at 10:30 AM for a half-hour of socializing.

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April 15
11:00 am - 12:30 pm


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The 1818 Society Urban and Water Thematic Group