Sharing experiences on shared waters

02 August 2007 | News story

A number of representatives from local governments, NGOs, civil society, and IUCN partners have been trained recently in legal and institutional aspects relating to shared waters in Mesoamerica.

A training programme, organised by IUCN Mesoamerica and the IUCN Environmental Law Centre, was conducted in the following border areas: Mexico-Guatemala (Suchiate and Coatán Rivers); Guatemala-El Salvador (Paz River); and Costa Rica-Panamá (Sixaola River), all areas in which IUCN Mesoamérica is working through its Water Management Unit (Suchiate and Coatán Rivers through the Tacaná Project) and through Alianzas Programme (through the Guatemala-El Salvador consortium of Rio Paz, and the Costa Rica-Panamá Consortium of Talamanca-Bocas del Toro). The programme consisted of three parts, including the presentation of a new EPLP publication entitled Gobernanza de Aguas Compartidas: Aspectos Jurídicos e Institucionales (Shared Water Governance: Legal and Institutional Aspects), followed by a training session with different modules, and finished with a debate and roundtable discussions to analyse ways to improve existing water and other resources' governance arrangements in the aforementioned areas. The EPLP publication used in the training session was specifically developed for Central America, a region which has approximately 40 % of its territory within shared basins, and with a view to responding to some of the critical questions relating to institutions, principles and agreements governing these resources.


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