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Water Footprint (ISO 14046) in Latin America, State of the Art and Recommendations for Assessment and Communication

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Center for Life Cycle Assessment and Sustainable Design, State of Mexico 54766, Mexico
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Environments 2018, 5(11), 114; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments5110114
Received: 15 September 2018 / Revised: 19 October 2018 / Accepted: 21 October 2018 / Published: 26 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Footprint in Life Cycle Assessment: From Theory to Practice)
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Abstract

Due to the importance of water management, and good governance for humanity’s wellbeing and future, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda has established the global Water Goal (SDG 6). Mobilization of the different sectors is required. The private sector has an important role, and it is increasingly aware of the substantial water risks for business. Thus, it is timely to quantify and monitor potential environmental impacts with an international standard (ISO 14046:2014), in order to prioritize investments to reduce the direct and indirect impacts from water uses within the production of goods and services. The objectives of this project were: (1) To scale knowledge, networking and generate leadership through exchanges among 43 professionals from 14 Latin American countries; (2) to develop recommendations to improve coherence in the quantification, verification and communication of the water footprint in the region; and (3) to structure and publish the recommendations, available tools/methods and key challenges in open access guidelines. This effort resulted in an active and continuous-growth community for water footprint practice in Latin America. This article describes the process to achieve the Regional Guidelines and other results. View Full-Text
Keywords: water footprint; Latin America; ISO 14046; impacts; water uses; guidelines recommendations water footprint; Latin America; ISO 14046; impacts; water uses; guidelines recommendations
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Martínez-Arce, A.; Chargoy, J.P.; Puerto, M.; Rojas, D.; Suppen, N. Water Footprint (ISO 14046) in Latin America, State of the Art and Recommendations for Assessment and Communication. Environments 2018, 5, 114.

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