EU grants 1.5 M€ to Bolivia for better water management and droughts

The European Commission has adopted on 4 November the decision to grant 1.5 million Euro in humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by droughts in the Bolivian Chaco. European aid will be focused on measures to fight against the consequences of droughts as well as to improve the communities' resilience to future events.

It is expected that the humanitarian help granted by the European Commission for people affected by droughts in Bolivia will help at least 25,000 beneficiaries among rural communities in the affected region.

The DG for Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) aims not only to address the humanitarian needs unfolding at this critical juncture but also to support recovery and capacity building of communities and authorities to develop more appropriate approaches to deal with recurrent water deficits in order to avoid humanitarian impacts among the most vulnerable populations. Communities and Municipalities should be encouraged and supported to manage drought during the whole year and not just during its peak

Main humanitarian and recovery needs covered EU aid to Bolivia

  • Water: delivery of water trucking, water catchment rehabilitation, water storage facilities and water management training with communities and authorities;
  • Livelihood support: food vouchers, distribution of seeds complemented by rehabilitation of soils and improvement of production and post-harvesting practices as well as distribution of vitamins, salts, veterinary treatments and water, in order to prevent high losses of livestock;
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR): apart from contributing to reduce vulnerability among affected communities, the funds will also support specific DRR activities in the promotion of "drought sustainable response methodologies" and strengthening inclusive coordination structures.