The Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD), with support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Government of Denmark, held workshops in El Salvador and Honduras to help these countries elaborate and implement integrated water resource management (IWRM) plans that take into account climate change adaptation.
31 May 2012: The Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD) recently organized workshops on water and climate change adaptation in El Salvador and Honduras. The objective of both workshops was to present and discuss tools, methodologies, issues and capacities needed to develop the integrated water resources management (IWRM), with special attention to adaptation to climate change.
The Honduras workshop was held from 28-29 May 2012, in Tegucigalpa, and the El Salvador workshop from 30-31 May 2012, in San Salvador.
Each workshop addressed four areas related to climate change adaptation within the context of the Central American Integration System’s (SICA) Regional Strategy on Climate Change (ERCC). On the economics of climate change, the workshops discussed prioritizing climate change adaptation in the water sector in terms of the potential economic costs of climate change and identifying options exist for financing adaptation measures. Regarding sectoral and regional impacts of climate change, participants were invited to suggest possible climate change impacts on various sectors in their country using water and basins, and what factors might help or hinder implementation of adaptation measures.
On water management plans, the workshops discussed planning methodologies, what elements to consider in a roadmap to formulate a plan and how best to organize for its implementation. Lastly, workshops addressed the technical and institutional capacity building needs of their country for implementing a water management strategy that takes into account climate change adaptation.
The workshops were organized with the cooperation of the environment ministry of each country and support from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) – DHI (formerly the Danish Hydraulic Institute) Centre for Water and Environment and the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). [CCAD Press Release (Spanish)]