Video On Demand

Venezuela's Water Crisis and the Path Forward

October 3, 2019 • 8:30 am – 2:00 pm EDT
Conference Agenda:
8:30 AM - Coffee and Guest Arrivals
9:00 AM - Event Begins
9:02 AM – Welcome remarks
9:05 AM - Keynote Remarks by USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick
9:15 AM - Introductory Remarks by Juan Andres Mejia, President, Plan País Committee; Deputy, National Assembly of Venezuela
9:20 AM – Expert presentation by Jose Maria de Viana, Technical Coordinator for Public Services, Plan País
9:40 AM - Panel #1: Diagnostic of Water Crisis
11:00 AM - Coffee Break
11:10 AM – Expert presentation by Norberto Bausson, Water and Sanitation Coordinator, Plan Pais; Former Vice President of Operations, Hidrocapital Venezuela
11:25 AM - Panel #2: Solutions and Action Plans
12:30 PM - Networking Lunch with remarks by Venezuela’s National Assembly Deputy
2:00 PM - Conclusion

Please join CSIS Americas and Future of Venezuela Initiative in collaboration with Plan País for a conference on the water crisis in Venezuela affecting citizen access to drinking water, farmer’s access to irrigated land, and the water management system of the country. Venezuela’s water system is currently facing a number of critical issues and a clear path forward is needed to address the country’s water crisis in the short term and to identify a roadmap for longer term structural reforms addressing all aspects of the national water management system. 
The purpose of this conference is to analyze the current threats endangering the nation’s watersheds, the capacity of the water management system to protect the nation’s water resources, and the conditions of multiple entities responsible for assuring access to safe and clean water throughout the country. 
Keynote remarks will be provided by Bonnie Glick, Deputy Administrator for USAID. The first panel will cover the diagnostics of the water crisis in Venezuela. The second panel will cover solutions and action plans to help the country rebuild its water management system. Panelists will include Venezuela-based Plan País experts, as well as experts on water management systems from U.S.-based institutions.

This event will take place in both English and Spanish. Simultaneous translation will be available.

This event is made possible in partnership with Plan País, an initiative of the Venezuelan National Assembly and the Guaidó Administration.

Event Partners

Moises Rendon

Moises Rendon

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program
Mark L. Schneider
Senior Adviser (Non-resident), Americas Program and Human Rights Initiative
Katherine E. Bliss
Senior Fellow and Director, Immunizations and Health Systems Resilience, Global Health Policy Center

Juan Andrés Mejía

President, Plan País Committee; Deputy, National Assembly of Venezuela

Bonnie Glick

Deputy Administrator of the US Agency for International Development

José María de Viana

Technical Coordinator for Public Services, Plan País

María Julia Bocco

Water and Sanitation Lead Economist, Inter-American Development Bank

Norberto Bausson

Water and Sanitation Coordinator, Plan Pais; Former Vice President of Operations, Hidrocapital Venezuela

Hugo Rojas

General Director, The National Association of Water and Sanitation Utilities of Mexico (ANEAS)

Nora Cecilia Bracho Parra

Deputy, Venezuelan National Assembly; President of the Permanent Commission of Administration and Services, National Assembly

Michael A. Matera