The 2020-2025 GWP Strategy – Mobilising for a Water Secure World targets 3 anchor areas: water solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals; climate resilience through water; and transboundary water cooperation. These are areas that GWP Central America has already been working on for some time says Tábora:
“A few years ago, we contributed to the collection of data for the SDG 6.5.1 baseline – that has to do with the implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). In 2020, this baseline will be updated and GWP we will support countries in the process. The measurement is a starting point that supports countries to identify priorities, and the work will be done in coordination with UN Environment who is the custodian for SDG 6.5.1.”
Droughts are increasingly recurring in Central America and the damage they cause is extensive. This is why drought is a central part of GWP Central America’s work on climate change – and collaboration with partners across borders is crucial.
“Regarding climate change,” Tábora says, “we will follow up on actions that we initiated in the past on integrated drought management – contributing to the capacity building of government institutions, as well as other actors, to better understand the issue of drought. We will be working with our colleagues from the Central American Integration System (SICA). Also with SICA, we will be strengthening transboundary cooperation through a dialogue between countries. Central America has 42 transboundary basins and these areas have become increasingly important as water becomes scarcer.”