Suizagua Andina, a Water Footprint project for Peru and Chile

Project completed

Properly managed water resources are a critical component of growth, poverty reduction and equity. This is especially true for Peru and Chile. In both countries, competition for water as a key productive resource is increasing and conflicts over water are intensifying. With this project Switzerland aims at contributing to a better water resource management which is one of the most pressing regional development challenges.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Andean Region
Agriculture & food security
Water sector policy
Water resources conservation
Agricultural water resources
15.10.2012 - 31.08.2016
CHF 1'700'000

Peru and Chile as BRIC+20 countries offer an ideal positioning for water footprint development with a view to increase sustainable use of water resources worldwide. Building on a project conducted in Colombia (Suizagua Colombia), the SDC will adopt a similar approach and extend it further.


To influence the policy dialogue on integrated water resource management; to ensure a more sustainable use of water and avoid water conflicts based on the water footprint concept.

Target groups

Populations of Peru and Chile: directly benefiting from the corporate social responsibility actions to be executed by the companies. Executor agencies Agualimpia, Fundación Chile and the partner companies that will be able to improve their sustainability indicators and serve as models to the private sector, water authorities and academia.

Medium-term outcomes

  • The water footprint concept has been adopted by key private companies in Peru and Chile and contributes to a fairer allocation of the available water resources;
  • the water footprint concept and tools are further developed and disseminated in the Andean region by key regional policy and business influencers.
  • Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Development cooperation
    Project partners Contract partner
    Private sector
    • Foreign private sector South/East
    • Swiss Private Sector
    • Main contractual partners are Agualimpia and Fundación Chile.

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'700'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'561'621
    Project phases Phase 2 01.10.2016 - 31.08.2021   (Current phase)

    Phase 1 15.10.2012 - 31.08.2016   (Completed)