Information for Water Policies in Mexico
Ricardo Pizzuto
CONAGUA (National Water Commission), Mexico

Leading a nationwide effort to produce and promote the use of information, in 2004 the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA) in co-ordination with the National Institute for Statistics and Geography (INEGI) began the process of building the component of the National System for Statistic and Geographic Information (SNIEG) concerning the water sector. Based on the proper and efficient compilation, processing, distribution and use of statistical and geographical information, the National Water Commission pursues more effective spending in the sector and development outcomes towards the sustainability of the resource by materialising the transition to factual-based policy-making. Four major achievements are worth noting during this process: the integration of the Specialized Technical Committee for Water Affairs (CETAGUA) to conduct and subscribe inter-institutional guidelines for water information management, the consolidation of the National Water Information System (SINA) which began with the first Basic Water Compendium in Mexico publication back in 1999, the analysis of water statistics using dynamic modelling in order to estimate the physical supply and use considered in the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEA) and finally, the construction of the 2030 Water Agenda as a result of a participative policy-making exercise meant to lead the public, private and social endeavours in the sector. In conjunction, these efforts enable the National Water Commission and its River Basin Organisations, along with various other organisations in the federal and state governments, to design, implement, and assess long-term policies for the sustainable use and preservation of the water in the country.

Keywords: Policy-making; Water; Statistic; Sustainability

Biography: Ricardo Pizzuto co-ordinates the National Water Information System held by the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA).