National Consultancy To Enhance The Elaboration Of Water-Related SDG Indicators

“The 2018 National Development Plan for the Water and Sanitation Sector of Paraguay, recognizes the broad challenges that this sector faces in order to comply with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paraguay National Development Plan (PND) 2030.”

César Darío Pastore Britos

November 6, 2020

This document evaluates the current state of the water information system of Paraguay, based on a data diagnosis and its sources of production, for the development of an evidenced-based water system and the construction of water-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) indicators.

Among the milestones highlighted in the report, some actions carried out by the Interinstitutional Committee for the Coordination of Water and Sanitation of Paraguay to comply with the implementation of SDG 6 are mentioned. One of them is the importance given to connecting different actors that may contribute to the production of data for better decision-making. 

Likewise, the author mentions that in order to move forward to the consolidation of the country’s Water Information System, it is essential to evaluate the information produced by current and past studies and create a diagnosis of its state. This will allow the construction of new indicators related to the water sector in line with the Sustainable Development Goals; Measure them, analyze them and generate the right approaches for the community.

Main findings

To promote a more active role of local governments, the Paraguayan Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC) and the Sanitary Services Regulatory Entity (ERSSAN) are promoting the creation of Water and Sanitation Units. This is a fundamental strategy and it could also be useful to promote a broder stance about a more sustainable use of water resources that may go beyond providing clean water and sanitation services.

Updated data will always lead to innovative strategies. Therefore, members of the ERSSAN resort to the collaboration of governments and municipalities, in order to generate reports for better decision-making.

To facilitate the interaction of the entities that are part of the Water Committee, which are of different nature, it is necessary to: Create a permanent registration mechanism, processing and updating of data and information on the sector, as well as providing clean water and sanitary sewerage services in the country. Define friendly and feasible indicators to measure the effectiveness of the sector's policies, plans and programs.

About the author

Cesar Darío Pastore Britos

Economist (National University of Asunción), with a Master’s Degree in Management and Public Policies (University of Chile – Department of Industrial Engineering) and a Development Economics Diploma (International Development Center of Japan).