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Latin America's Mounting Water Crisis

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

December 5, 2019


Droughts and other water-related challenges pose a rising threat to tens of millions of Latin Americans. Forecasters say the biggest risks are centered in precisely the biggest centers of population and economic activity. The most obvious solution—to spend billions of dollars retrofitting houses with pipes and building new treatment plants—is neither economically viable in an age of austerity nor does it adequately protect water sources themselves. But some governments and companies are pointing the way forward. Join Americas Quarterly and an expert panel to discuss realistic, creative, and multifaceted solutions to tackle Latin America’s invisible crisis.

Online registration is now closed, but participants may register in person at the event.

Note: Entry is complimentary.


  • Hugo Contreras, Director for Water Security, Latin America, The Nature Conservancy
  • Upmanu Lall, Director, Columbia Water Center
  • Olga Reyes, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, Latin America, The Coca-Cola Group
  • Cecilia Tornaghi, Managing Editor, Americas Quarterly; Director for Policy, AS/COA (moderator)

Event Information: Théo de Sá-Kaye | | 1-212-277-8377
Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4.