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In response to a growing need for integrated management of water resources, new indicators are being developed and applied as a basis for the design of public policies aimed at increasing resilience, especially in cities, faced the enormous challenge of global urbanization.


The Water Footprint is an indicator of water management to visualize the use, consumption and water pollution, identifies deficiencies and prioritizes measures to maintain the supply of the different sectors, restore and / or maintain a good quality of water bodies and avoid social conflicts.


The evaluation methodology developed by the Water Footprint Network, was first applied at the level of cities under the Cities Footprint Project, one of them in La Paz, Bolivia.


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The Social Carbon Footprint Project Dakar Rally Bolivia "Clean Energy to Live Well" seeks to create a management mechanism of greenhouse gases (GHGs) generated by the passage of the race for national soil. To this end three main objectives were set: Measure the Carbon Footprint of the career, identify and promote actions to reduce the footprint, and develop a local emissions offset mechanism.


This new experience has generated links and synergies between the public sector and the private sector in favor of rural communities near the passage of Dakar by Bolivia. With the support of private entities, it has been achieved the support for the implementation of 197 solar cookers in five communities, benefiting 197 families in the most depressed region of the country, and the installation of solar panels at a health center in the northern region of the department of Potosi. In the document, the experience of three years of project implementation, and the main results obtained is described, so that what is learned will serve as a knowledge base for the continuity of this and similar initiatives.


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The publication "Cities Footprint Project: Strategic Results and Methodological Guide" developed as part of the agenda on Climate Change and Cities of CAF - development bank of Latin America - arises from the need to support municipal governments and decision makers in the transition stage that their cities must cross to a low carbon development and resilient to the effects of climate change.


The main objective of the " Cities Footprint Project ", is to support local governments and decision makers in the development and implementation of municipal strategies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change, through the measurement and reduction of the carbon footprint and the water footprint of their cities (and territories) and its own institutions.


The results of this successful experience leave learned lessons that can serve to other cities to guide its development towards a low carbon and climate-resilient. Thus the document's main objective is to present the main strategic results derived from "Cities Footprint Project ", learned lessons and challenges ahead. Also, the learning process and improvement in the implementation of the tools developed under the project, has allowed the systematization of methodologies in detail, described in the document, in order to facilitate the measurement of footprints in other cities of the region, through a better understanding of the technical and methodological aspects that this project entails.


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The results of the rich Footprints application experience in three Andean cities leave lessons learned that can serve other cities to guide their low-carbon development. At the same time they allow the permanent comparison of the performance of a city against itself and respect to others, and share best practices appropriate to each context. Ensure compatible development with climate to the current and future increasing urbanization is one of the most important challenges in the coming decades.


With the support of CAF - development bank for Latin America and Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), the Synthesis Report describes the objectives and scopes of the Cities Footprint Project Phase I, the conceptual definition of Carbon footprint and Water Footprint, details the results of the measurement of both municipal governments and cities of La Paz, Lima and Quito footprints, and finally describes the content and methodology used for the preparation of Action Plans for the reduction of the footprints of this city.


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