An inter-institutional diploma called “Strengthening of municipal technical capacities and technology transfer for climate change adaptation and mitigation in the watersheds of the San Marcos municipality” was launched at the end of 2014 and will run until May 2015.
This program was organized by San Marcos Natural Resources Coordination (CORNASAM, for its initials in Spanish), a body comprised of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and academic entities in the department of San Marcos. CORNASAM influences, promotes and invests in sustainable management of natural resources and environment in the region.
The study program is aimed at members of several municipal units and municipal governments, such as environmental councilmen, coordinators of municipal planning offices, staff in women’s and forest offices and in municipal water and sanitation offices, and technicians in government and non-governmental institutions. Since their roles and responsibilities include development planning and strengthening of local stakeholders as key to the region, it is vital that they participate effectively in dialogue and decision-making forums.
Participants acquire knowledge about: i) socio-environmental action for climate change adaptation, ii) influencing and watershed management for climate change adaptation, iii) comprehensive water resource management, and iv) managing risk associated with extreme weather events. In the first session, champions of the Coatán basin (Guatemala), Reynaldo Escalante and Jeronimo Navarro, stressed the significance of activities being carried out through Project BRIDGE: Building River Dialogue and Governance. CORNASAM president Jorge Juárez underscored the importance of strengthening this inter-institutional coordination to obtain significant impacts in watershed territories, taking advantage of technical and financial resources.
IUCN works in the department of San Marcos through the project ProAmbiente, funded by Danish cooperation, and through Project BRIDGE, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.