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Final Report - VIVACE (Vital and viable services for natural resource management in Latin America)

Project ID: 213154
Funded under: FP7-ENVIRONMENT

Abstract

This is the final report for the VIVACE project which was funded under the Seventh Framework Package (FP7) and aimed to explore the potential and constraints of decentralised water and waste systems that allow for reuse and recycling of water, nutrients and energy. As outlined in the report, the VIVACE project studied two peri-urban areas in two of the largest cities of Latin America: Xochimilco in Mexico City and Tigre Island in Buenos Aires. The report shows that a management alternative that aims at maximisation of resource conservation may not cost less than a conventional management approach. Moreover, decentralised technologies aiming at resource recovery would require users to accept more responsibilities. The report concludes by noting that management alternatives aiming at conservation, reuse and recycling of resources are very beneficial to the environment. However, to ensure their overall sustainability they need to be supplemented with a policy and institutional framework that is clearly supportive of such alternatives. Thereby, pilot projects are a means to trigger social learning processes that may facilitate a transition from the current management approach to a more resource friendly management alternatives in peri-urban areas.

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