Feb 11

Water Security in the Arid Americas

Water security constitutes the sustainable availability of adequate quantities and qualities of water for resilient societies and ecosystems in the face of uncertain global change.  Our definition introduces the resilience dimension as necessary, because more static conceptualizations of water security inadequately address mutually interactive coupled human-natural dynamics and therefore, may overlook possibilities for recovery from water insecurity.” [Scott, C.A., F.J. Meza, R.G. Varady, H. Tiessen, J. McEvoy, G.M. Garfin, M. Wilder, L.M. Farfán, N. Pineda Pablos, E. Montaña. 2013. Water security and adaptive management in the arid Americas. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 103(2).]

Ongoing collaboration on water security spans the Southwest U.S., Northwest Mexico, Northeast Brazil, Central Chile, Northwest Argentina, and Southwest Peru.  See also: Scott, C.A., R.G. Varady, F. Meza, E. Montaña, G.B. de Raga, B. Luckman, C. Martius. 2012. Science-policy dialogues for water security: addressing vulnerability and adaptation to global change in the arid Americas. Environment 54(3): 30-42.


AQUASEC Center of Excellence for Water Security – launched in Santiago, Chile in March 2012, with further public dissemination at the May 2012 Adaptation Futures International Conference on Climate Adaptation in Tucson, Arizona.