In 2011 we established the Latin American Water Funds Partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). Our objective is to contribute to the water security of the region through the creation of Water Funds and strengthening of existing ones.


    The Water Funds are mechanisms of collective action that allow to combine and direct resources towards long-term conservation efforts. They develop governance models, bringing together key players in water management.

    To date, we have joined the efforts of more than 200 organizations to contribute to the region's water security. This has allowed us to implement conservation actions on a larger scale in priority watersheds of Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic.

    The Water Funds have become key allies for different sectors by being:
    • Effective mechanisms to improve water availability, biodiversity, and adaptation to climate change (governments).
    • Alternatives to address risks of physical access to water in quality and quantity (companies).
    • Governance platforms to address water challenges and share responsibilities and accountability (society).

    During the 2016 Global Water Summit, The Nature Conservancy gave us recognition for our contribution to the region's water security through the Latin American Water Fund Partnership.


    During the 3rd Water Funds Biennial #OurWaterOurFuture, held in Bogota, Colombia, from June 15 to 17, we opened a space to share and reflect on the strengths, areas of opportunity and best practices of the first stage of the Partnership.

    We had the presence of senior executives from the institutions that are members of the Partnership: Carlos Salazar, Chief Executive Officer of FEMSA and member of the Board of FEMSA Foundation; Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the IDB; and Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy.

    With President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón and Carlos Vives as witnesses of honor, the present directors and Dr. Naoko Ishii, CEO of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), signed a commitment to strengthen work during the second phase of the Partnership, expanding its focus to work for the water security of cities through green infrastructure.


    The Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund (FAMM, for its acronym in Spanish) represents a joint commitment between the public, private, academic and civil society sectors. It contributes to ensure the availability of water at the city with actions of conservation of the San Juan River watershed.

    As part of its inter-institutional collaboration efforts, in 2016, the FAMM established a cooperation agreement with the Government of the State of Nuevo León to support the development of the 2050 Water Plan.

    The FAMM built and coordinated a multidisciplinary team working closely together with the NED (Strategic Decisions Hub), consultants and specialized institutions to analyze thousands of possible scenarios. In this way, it was possible to design a portfolio of solutions to boost the water security of the Metropolitan Area of Monterrey.

    During 2016, the FAMM continued with conservation activities in the San Juan river watershed in coordination with organizations such as TNC and Pronatura Noreste, impacting 2,001 hectares.


    Water is one of the five priorities in the strategy "Resilient CDMX: Adaptive, Inclusive and Equitable Transformation" launched by the Government of Mexico City. On September 6, 2016, representatives of the Latin American Water Funds Partnership signed a cooperation agreement to support the strategy through an initiative promoted by Citibanamex, Coca-Cola FEMSA, FEMSA Foundation, Río Arronte Foundation, Grupo Modelo, HSBC , Mexichem, and The Nature Conservancy that will push actions to help the city achieve its water resilience goals by fostering multisectoral collaboration.

    Through Resilient CDMX, which counts with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, comprehensive solutions will be implemented to address the challenges generated by globalization, urbanization and climate change, as well as their social and economic impacts.