As the UN recently kicked off the official launch of 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, the IUCN Mesoamerica office released a new video on cooperation achievements between Panama and Costa Rica, including actions in the transboundary Sixaola river basin.
The new video entitled 'Integrating Borders' or 'Integrando Fronteras' recounts the history, activities and future course of the Costa Rica-Panama Convention on Border Development.
The video shows the historical and informational account of what the Border Convention constitutes, its main actions, as well as the participatory binational coordination between the two countries during the last two decades.
IUCN has supported the work of the Executive Secretariat of the Convention with capacity building trainings on transboundary cooperation and water governance through the BRIDGE project. IUCN colleagues worked directly with the Sixaola Binational Commission, a structure mandated under the Convention for the integrated water management of Sixaola river basin. "Recently IUCN helped the Sixaola Binational Commission in formulating new regulations of the bylaws which constitute an instrument to facilitate multi-level cooperation in the river basin", said Rocio Cordoba, IUCN Coordinator Mesoamerica Livelihoods and Climate Change Unit .
The Sixaola river basin is located on the border region of Panama and Costa Rica and in many parts forms the border between the two countries. IUCN has been active for over 2 years in this watershed supporting both local-level and international efforts at cooperation for integrated water resource management.
"The 8-min video is of excellent quality both in terms of content and visuals, and with Spanish and English languages covered, available to a wide audience. It will serve to advocate the importance of cooperative work through the Costa Rica-Panama Convention to audiences ranging from local to national, as well as civil society at large", said Nazareth Porras, IUCN Technical Assistant Mesoamerica .
The work on the Bi-national commission is framed within the alliance forged between the IUCN and the Executive Secretariats of the Costa Rica-Panama Border Convention, as part of the projects 'BRIDGE - Building River Dialogue and Governance', supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and 'Water Management for Adaptation to Climate Change', supported by the German government through BMU.
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