The National IWRM Plan for Panama was approved in November 2011. This is the culmination of a long process, under the National Environment Authority (ANAM), supported by GWP Panama. The Plan aims to improve the welfare of communities in the basins, without compromising the sustainability of their natural or cultural systems. The Plan will benefit 3.4 million people and contribute to the operation of the Panama Canal, which in 2011 contributed US$1.043 million to the country's economy.
ANAM initiated the consultative process in 2009, during which GWP Panama and Partners contributed to the development of workshops. The Plan was drafted, shared and validated during 2010. GWP Panama has started putting the plan into practice by supporting the Fourth Assembly of the Consultative Council of the region of Chilibrillo-Chilibre in December 2011.