The Natural Infrastructure for Water Security (NIWS) project enables the Government of Peru to improve its management of their natural resources to increase water security and provide a sustainable economic future for its citizens, while alo reducing migration and the risk of internal conflicts. The project is co-funded by USAID and the Government of Canada. It aims to scale up investments in natural infrastructure in Peru to safeguard water supplies and increase climate resilience. The NIWS will demonstrate how well-managed natural infrastructure projects in Peru deliver water security benefits and are sustainable, cost-effective, and scalable. The project addresses specific challenges to implementing natural infrastructure in Peru:
Compared to “gray infrastructure,” or human-engineered systems such as dams or water treatment systems, natural infrastructure is a cost-effective way to mitigate water scarcity and climate risk through conservation and sustainable management of landscapes that purify and store water, reduce storm water runoff and minimize flood damage.