Improving transboundary groundwater governance in Central America
The Ocotepeque-Citalá aquifer, that underlies the border between El Salvador and Honduras, contains groundwater resources that are the main source of domestic water supply for the people living in the area. The protection and sustainable management of the aquifer and the groundwater it contains is then a priority, in particular at the light of climate change and variability.
The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (UNESCO-IHP) organizes a series of workshops in the aquifer area, aimed to raise awareness on the importance of these resources, promote gender equity, and improve local capacities on hydrodiplomacy.
These events are organized within the framework of the second phase (2016-2018) of the “Governance of Groundwater Resource in Transboundary Aquifers (GGRETA)” project, in line with its objective of strengthening capacity on groundwater governance at the national and transboundary levels in order to support the process of establishment of a bilateral cooperation mechanism.
Three consecutive events are organized from 5 to 7 December 2017 in San Ignacio, El Salvador, near the border with Honduras. The first workshop is entitled “Water and Gender – UNESCO WWAP Toolkit / Gender mainstreaming in the governance of groundwater resources”, and the second one “Hydrodiplomacy: The Benefits of Cooperation”. The target audience are mainly stakeholders of the area: municipal authorities and officers, water boards’ members, and representatives of regional organizations. The third workshop is for journalists, and will be focused on “Groundwater and cooperation: Communication and Participation”.
All workshops are organized in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and with support of the Plan Trifinio and the Mancomunidad del Rio Lempa, the two regional organizations that contribute to the area development.