Champions of Transboundary Watersheds Discuss Next Steps

The project BRIDGE network of champions brings together people focused on good water governance in different transboundary watersheds

Visita de campo a la Bahía Chismuyo, Honduras

Honduras (2012). The network of champions of project BRIDGE (Building River Dialogue and Governance), met in Nacaome, Honduras, October 7-10 to advance their strategy for consolidation.

While there they visited the experience of the Binational Manager Group of the Goascorán River Basin in Honduran and Salvadoran territory, learning about local undertakings in Chismuyo Bay, Honduras, and integrated water resource management practices in La Unión, El Salvador. The visit enabled participants to analyze similarities and differences between their own situations and the Goascorán watershed experience.

Also attending the event was José Ramón Salcedo, Executive Director of the Associated Municipalities of Norte de Paraíso, Honduras (MANORPA), who spoke about the challenges and strengths of the binational Coco river basin experience. His presentation led to dialogue about mechanisms for making watershed activities sustainable once support from international cooperation agencies finalizes.

In groups, participants also assessed the network’s efforts in recent months and set out the next steps. They agreed on the need to receive more training about governance of shared waters, continue sharing knowledge and experiences (virtual and face-to-face), establish work sessions among champions in each watershed and define a work plan with goals for upcoming months.

Project BRIDGE is also implemented in South America (Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia) and Southeast Asia (lower basin of the Mekong River), places where similar networks of champions are being formed. IUCN is implementing the project through its Global Water Programme, Environmental Law Centre, and regional offices for Mesoamerica, South America and Southeast Asia, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

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