CNN iReport: IUCN water project in the spotlight

The IUCN Sixaola river project on the Costa Rica-Panama border was recently filmed and broadcast on CNN’s iReport.

Microcuenca del río Yorkín Photo: IUCN Orma

The CNN iReport videos are produced by viewers and broadcast on CNN, as well as shared online the CNN iReport community website.

The resulting video documentary on the Sixaola river project covers the work IUCN is undertaking in this transboundary river basin between Costa Rica and Panama. The project focuses on implementing climate change adaptation strategies and improve river basin governance.

We were visited by CNN iReporter, Sebastian Castro, with the request to film and record interviews relevant to the IUCN project in the Sixaola River", said Ariel Amoroso, IUCN Project Activity Coordinator. “As part of the project, community members plant tree samplings to reforest the watershed, as well as diversify their crop plantations in order to increase resilience to the impacts of climate change. This was captured on film and broadcast on CNN Español. The iReport video will now be a great tool for us to communicate our project work, both at a local and global level.”

The project, supported by IUCN Member 'Corredor Biológico Talamanca Caribe', is currently in its first year of implementation and is already starting to show successes on the ground, particularly in awareness raising on the impacts of climate change and improved dialogue between different water users along the two riparian countries.

IUCN is very pleased to be a part of the CNN iReport community. The work in the Sixaola is a good example of actions that can be taken on the ground to adapt to climate change. Hence, sharing on CNN and its global audience, our ecosystem-based approach to help people cope with climate change impacts is a great asset for our communications work”, said Mark Smith, IUCN Director Global Water Programme.

Basic Facts: Sixaola Basin Project

  • Catchment: 289,000 ha (81% in Costa Rica, 19% in Panama)
  • Protected areas: Parque Internacional La Amistad, Chirripo National Park, Hitoy Cerere Biological Reserve, Bosque Protector Palo Seco
  • Ramsar Sites: National Wildlife Refuge Gandoca-Manzanillo and San Pond Sack Wetland
  • Indigenous territories: Cabécar, Bri Bri, Naso and Ngobe
  • Municipalities: Talamanca (Costa Rica) and Changuinola (Panama)
  • Threats: flash floods, deforestation, invasive fungi, river flow changes

The Sixaola river project is part of the German funded IUCN State Member BMU ‘Good Water Governance for adaptation to climate change’ project, to help communities and governments in ensuring the application of ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in river basins.

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