The Mapping of Integrity and Accountability in Water Resource Management in Latin America examines the governance structure, the ongoing reforms for water resource management and IWRM and the organizations and stakeholders involved in water management at various levels for Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.
Based on the mapping, the report draws out the most important capacity weaknesses and possible entry points for capacity development programmes.
The authors conclude that:
“To a greater or lesser extent, the countries of the region have gradually incorporated international integrity promotion instruments but, contrary to what could be expected, corruption perception levels are inversely proportional to that effort.”
Overall, there is still much potential in the region for the promotion of water integrity as a complement to IWRM reforms, “not only as an ethical position but also as a tool to improve water use management at local, national and regional levels.”
All case studies examined show great variety in how water governance is organized and how IWRM principles are integrated into national and local regulation. Capacity development, along with further policy and regulation developments, focused on a wide range of stakeholders including the judiciary, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, are the key means by which standpoints on anti-corruption could be reinforced and integrity be improved throughout the region.