Sixaola River Binational Commission Studies Draft Regulations

19 November 2012 | News story

The Binational Commission of the Sixaola River Basin met July 26-27 in Limón, Costa Rica to continue moving ahead on its road map.

Costa Rica (2012). As part of the Road Map formulated in January, the Binational Commission of the Sixaola River Basin met to discuss the first draft of its operating regulations. The session was facilitated by the Executive Secretariats of the Costa Rica-Panama Convention for Border Development, with 15 commission members of the two nationalities in attendance.

As decided at the previous Commission meeting, the Environmental Law Centre of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was in charge of preparing the first draft of the regulations. The document consists of a preamble with background, a section on universally agreed principles of international cooperation, and a third part with the regulations proposal.

Main points of discussion included the participation of civil society, municipalities and private sector, as well as the stakeholder mapping being conducted in the Sixaola Basin and the Commission’s sustainability once the Sixaola Binational Project finalizes.

Participants also discussed including risk management as part of the Project’s activities, and points of convergence between the Sixaola Binational Project and the Sixaola Program. In addition, Costa Rica’s National Groundwater, Irrigation and Drainage Service (SENARA) gave a presentation on its integrated water resource management program (PRO-GIRH).

IUCN currently executes two projects in the watershed area: Building River Dialogue and Governance (supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation-SDC) and Water Management for Adaptation (supported by the German Government through ICI-BMU) as part of a strategic crosscutting theme fostering transboundary cooperation and comprehensive water resource management.

For more information write to nazareth.porras@iucn.org