In 2011, GWP Nicaragua was asked by Autoridad Nacional del Agua, the national water authority, to help prepare a guide to be used as the basis of all basin management plans implemented in the country.
This is an important step in the implementation of the 2007 Water Law. The guide will ensure that an IWRM approach is applied in all 21 basins in the country, including Lake Cocibolca (Lake Nicaragua), the largest freshwater body in Central America.
GWP and ANA began the consultation process in November 2011, bringing together stakeholders to develop a draft. In 2012, the country's four main water networks participated in three meetings coordinated by GWP Nicaragua to review the document. The final draft was delivered to ANA in June 2012 and is expected to be approved in early 2013. The process has been highly participatory so there are expectations that the guide will be well used.