Central America Takes on Water and Climate Change

Posted: 2011-10-18

In order to place climate change adaptation higher on the regional agenda, GWP Central America co-organized a two-day workshop on “Regional development and its relationship to water and climate change.”

The goal of the workshop was to identify concrete measures, especially in regards to water resources, to promote their inclusion in national development plans.

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The workshop was organized in cooperation with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) in San Salvador, El Salvador, September 22-23, 2011. Representatives came from the ministries of Environment, Agriculture, Planning and Finance of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, as well civil society actors.

The participants had the opportunity to present their experiences in panels and to work in round tables. A result from the workshop is that it can be said that water is included “generally” in national plans and budgets, but it is necessary to increase its priority and allocate more funds as key measures for climate change adaptation and development. 

“In Central America, countries must coordinate among the different levels of government, as well as at the regional level, so that the policies and regulations that already exist can be implemented,” said Fabiola Tábora, GWP Central America coordinator.

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