Towards IWRM Action Plans in Panama and Nicaragua

Panama and Nicaragua are one step closer to formulating IWRM Action Plans. During the month of October, both countries’ Ministries of Environment carried out national IWRM Action Plan consultations to identify and formulate priority measures to respond to the challenges of water resources management, with technical and financial support from GWP Central America.

The consultations took into consideration the needs of the sector, national priorities, institutional and financial capacity, as well as the results of the SDG 6.5.1 evaluation carried out in 2020.

 In Nicaragua, six consultation workshops are due to take place at the territorial level between October and November 2021. These meetings will be held in a hybrid format, with face-to-face and online participants. The first one was held on 21 October and included the participation of Ms Sumaya Castillo Lara, Environment Minister, and Mr Rodolfo José Lacayo, Acting Executive Director of the National Water Authority (ANA).

 The Minister thanked participants for their enthusiasm and said she was grateful for the support of GWP. “We are initiating a process of agreement that is strategic for the country and is a priority," she said. 

In Panama, the event was held online on 19–20 October, with 43 water actors from different sectors participating. It included presentations of national development plans that are relevant to water management.

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