Conagua on track to reach only three Agenda 2030 goals

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mexico is on track to meet just three of the 14 goals set out in its Agenda 2030 water program, Marco Antonio Velázquez, sub-director of programming at national water authority Conagua, said during a presentation at the Green Expo conference in Mexico City.

The Agenda 2030 aims to clean up rivers, stabilize water basins, provide universal potable water and drainage coverage and protect cities from catastrophic flooding, all by 2030.

While Conagua expects to reach its universal coverage goals, it is now unlikely to meet any of its goals for flood protection. This is due to "the inertia of all parties," said Velázquez, who criticized municipal governments for failing to do enough to reach the goals.

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"They neither can, want to nor have the potential to improve the provision of water services and so state governments should be more willing to intervene," the official said.

The total investment required to meet the Agenda 2030 goals is estimated at 1.02bn pesos (US$89.6mn) through a mix of government and private funds.

"The government cannot do this on its own," said Velázquez.