SWITCH: Managing Water for the City of the Future

Managing Water for the City of the Future

Bogotá – Colombia

Introduction

The Rio Bogotá flowing through Bogotá is highly polluted, and the project focused on this issue and specifically preventing pollution by small-scale and informal sector tanneries on the upper part of river. Key players engaged throughout the project were an association of the tanners, the environmental regulator, local government, an NGO, a University and the Chamber of Commerce. Outcomes of the project were: almost half of the polluting, informal small enterprises have now implemented cleaner production principles removing 90% of their pollution through improved treatment processes and recycling; additional productivity gains for these enterprises; and the feasibility of alternatives including conflict resolution, capacity building, and dialogue to a solely punitive and legalistic approach based on fining polluters (which was failing with the informal sector) was demonstrated and the regulator is now pursuing and supporting such approaches. The research supported local action, and now the approach is being expanded across a wider catchment area as part of a follow-up project.

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Demonstrations in Bogotá: Cleaner production

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