Central America is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change, so recognising that water is essential to adaptation is crucial to national and regional strategies. To this end, GWP Central America has contributed to the water component in the Action Plan of the Regional Strategy for Climate Change (ERCC) and organised a regional workshop on water and climate change.
ERCC was approved in 2010 and GWP Central America has been active in supporting its implementation. The Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) invited GWP Central America to participate in a working group to prepare the Action Plan. This Plan is recognised by the presidents of the region as the way forward for the implementation of the ERCC, in order to contribute to risk management – which is one of the two priorities that the Presidents' Summit of Central America has identified.
GWP Central America also organised a high-profile regional workshop on water and climate change aimed at government officials with the support of CCAD, the Central American Bank for Economic Integration, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature. As a result, a series of recommendations was produced for adaptation to climate change and mechanisms developed for raising the priority of water and climate change in national budgets and strategies. As part of the Policy Dialogue on Climate Change, GWP Central America contributed to the preparation of Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in the Americas, which was presented at COP 17 in Durban at a high-level panel. The Policy Dialogue has helped to increase stakeholders' knowledge and understanding of climate change adaptation, and provided a platform for the exchange of experiences in work to adapt water systems to climate change.