National Adaptation Plans Discussed in El Salvador

GWP Central America, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in coordination with the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) of El Salvador, organised the workshop "Integrating Water Security in the National Adaptation Plans (NAPs)." The event was held in San Salvador, El Salvador, on 27-29 October.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) established the NAP process as a means to facilitate effective adaptation planning in developing countries. For Central America it is essential to work on the NAPs considering the challenges posed by climate change to the management and planning of actions at all levels in the region.

The purpose of the workshop was to promote the formulation of NAPs and to provide the necessary tools to include water security as one of the key strategies for adaptation. To support countries in the inclusion of water security in the NAPs, GWP has participated in the development a supplement on water to the technical guidelines for the NAPs.

The inauguration was presided by the Vice Minister of MARN, Angel Ibarra; the Resilience Programme Officer for UNDP El Salvador, Silvia Vides; the Adaptation to Climate Change Officer for UNEP at the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Elena Pita and GWP WACDEP Coordinator, Alex Simalabwi. 

Participants to the workshop included representatives of Climate Change and Water Resources Directions of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, as well as delegations from the Ministries of Planning and participants in previous processes related to the formulation of NAPs.

Photos and interviews are available on GWP Central America's website (in Spanish).