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Cultivando Agua Boa (Cultivating Good Water)
Description/achievement of initiative

The main objective of the Partnership Cultivando Agua Boa (Cultivating Good Water) is the care, protection and use of natural resources, using water as an element of integration to solve current environmental challenges, promoting at the same time a new balanced and integrated vision that converts the environmental challenges into social and economic benefits, with full participation of all the stakeholders and civil society.The partnership is being initiated by Brazil with the Dominican Republic, a Small Island Development State (SIDS). The initial phase also considers East Timor which is another SIDS. The partnership will result in positive results related to adaptation to and mitigation of climate change impacts. The Partnership Cultivating Good Water has already initiated its successful implementation, trough intensive training and formation courses as well as the transfer of technology with several countries. A second phase is expected to be initiated with countries such as Guatemala and Bolivia. With this partnership philosophy, inefficient habits of communities can be replaced by using sustainable active practices, focused specially in countries where natural resources are more limited, such as the case of many SIDS.The partnership has strong emphasis on social participation, promoting the awareness of huge existing problems in water basins and other water sources resulting from droughts and other climate change impacts. The idea is to initiate a process of the recovering of natural resources using a methodology designed to attend the local needs and specific realities. Among its actions, Cultivating Good Water promotes the utilization of renewable energy and the mitigation of greenhouse gases which are important actions against climate change. Working with the proven methodology of the partnership, partners will be able to elaborate a strategy of implementation for specific short, middle and long term actions, as well as to create public policies that enable a better management and utilization of resources. The partnership work plan and its methodological framework help create unified criteria of sustainability in order to develop joint actions with international institutions. Special attention is given for the use of economic resources for the benefit in the most vulnerable communities of the society.The Partnership Cultivating Good Water works with the objective of addressing all the three sustainable dimensions (social, economic and environmental) through the elaboration and development of different actions that help create a new culture of sustainability. Using the partnership systematic methodology, adjustment and implementation can be easily adapted to the realities of many developing countries, in particular SIDS. The partnership is designed to be implemented with a plan that incorporates the active participation of governments, private and public institutions, NGO's and all stakeholders. Also, the partnership represents an example of an effective South-South cooperation arrangement

Implementation methodologies

The partnership is implemented through a participative methodology that includes all the actors of the society, especially the most vulnerable local communities. It is meant to analyze and elaborate specific action plans, based on the needs of the specific areas of concern, for example water basin recovery, watershed management, waste recycling, organic and family agricultural production, aquaculture, education program, food security, alternative medicine based on indigenous knowledge of local herbs and plans, renewable energy and related technologies. An important aspect for the implementation of the methodology is the creation of appropriated Managing Committees, in which all regional and local stakeholders are to be involved, both public and private, as well as the academic, civil society, and others.The partnership is based on a bottom up approach in which the actors manage to always make as the main priority the well-being of the members of the local communities.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Brazil, as the leading partner, will coordinate a capacity developing program with training courses, sharing know-how and technology transfer.The program Cultivating Good Water has developed a system of courses and training, with the aim to transfer technical knowledge. The system includes field visits to participating countries to evaluate, analyze and identify the integral solutions and the local needs while at the same time identifying the critical actors to implement specific programs for sustainable development.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

The initial phase of the partnership will be implemented between the Dominican Republic and Brazil. For the Dominican Republic, the Central Government of the Country, is authorizing the Ministry of Energy and Mines for the coordination and execution of this partnership counting with the support of other public and private entities. For Brazil, the Program Cultivando Água Boa (Cultivating Good Water) of the Environmental Division of Itaipu Binational will be the leading organization. This program, with its headquarters in Foz do Iguasu, has more than 11 years of proven success. It has been implemented with effective and successful results, incorporating all relevant development factors involved in sustainable development in a fully integrated manner. Cooperation agreements have been developed between the governments of Brazil and the Dominican Republic, through the Brazilian Agency of Cooperation, which has included within its list of efforts of cooperation the Program Cultivating Good Water. The program represents an effective working tool to induce sustainable development.


Itaipu Binacional Government of Dominican Republic Ministry of Energy and Mines of Dominican Republic Brazilian Cooperation Agency, ABC National Water Agency of Brazil, ANA NGO Energética, Cochabamba, Bolivia Ministry of Energy and Mines of Guatemala Division for Sustainable Development/ DESA/UN
Progress reports
Goal 14
1. Evaluation of critical factors to induce sustainable development in the participating SIDS.
2. Selection of the most important actions necessary in the short, medium and long terms to tackle the most critical issues and defining the corresponding working plans.
3. Implementation of actions in the three main priority areas for the sustainable development.
4. Evaluation of the implementation process and tangible results.
Financing (in USD)
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical personal of the main program in Brazil

Basic information
Time-frame: 2014 - 2016
Itaipu Binacional Government of Dominican Republic Ministry of Energy and Mines of Dominican Republic Brazilian Cooperation Agency, ABC National Water Agency of Brazil, ANA NGO Energética, Cochabamba, Bolivia Ministry of Energy and Mines of Guatemala Division for Sustainable Development/ DESA/UN
Contact information
Jair Kotz, Executive Manager, kotz@itaipu.gov.br cbena@itaipu.gov.br
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