Water Resources Expert in Latin America with 35 years experience.
1984: Ph.D Civil and Environmental Engineering (Water Resources). The University of Iowa
1982: M. Sc., Civil and Environmental Engineering (Water Resources). The University of Iowa
1977: Civil Engineering. National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Jaime started his working career in the Mexican Institute of Water Technology as a researcher before moving up to be the head of the water resource department. His investigation at this time was focused on juristic, political and the social framework for water management in Mexico. He also researched the public policies for the assignment and re-assignment of water rights and the by-laws for the operation of interconnected irrigation districts. He has also investigated river mechanics; water economics, and water law. Recently he has been an independent consultant for water management issues, with an emphasis on water policy design and evaluation, water governance, water law, water economics, and irrigation and drinking water and sanitation services regulation. Jaime is the Vice President of the Mexican National Committee for the International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID), and a member of the Editorial Board for the journals of Water Science and Technology and Tláloc-AMH. He has over 200 publications, among which the book Water, Environment, and Society: Towards the Integrated Water Resources Management in Mexico and the Synthesis of IV World Water Forum. Among his most recent books for the FAO is the Water Report number 35 The Wealth of Waste: The Economics of Wastewater Use in Agriculture, published in 2010. In 2013 the Ministry of Tourism of the State of Morelos, Mexico, published his book Morelos: Water + Tourism, and in 2012 the Water System of Mexico City published his book The Great Water Challenge in Mexico City: Past, Present and Prospectives of Solution for One of the Most Complex Cities in the World. The National Water Commission of Mexico, CONAGUA, solicited the document Specific Destiny of National Waters’ Use Rights for Acts of Government, and the World Bank published his book ADERASA: A Referent for the Regulation of the Public Services of Water and Sanitation. The Association of Civil Engineers of Mexico awarded him with the national prize Miguel A. Urquijo in 1990.
He has experience in the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States, Uruguay and Mexico