El Salvador Stakes on Strengthening Capacities in Governance of Shared Waters

24 October 2012 | News story

Salvadoran governmental authorities receive third IUCN training in High-Level Governance of Shared Waters

El Salvador, July 2012 (IUCN). The third training in High-Level Governance of Shared Waters was held on July 19-20 in San Salvador, El Salvador, by the IUCN’s Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean and the IUCN Environmental Law Centre, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador.

Held within the frame of the government training program, the purpose of this event for officials from various Salvadoran ministries was to continue promoting transboundary governance of shared waters based on principles of international law.

Ms. Silvia de Larios gave a presentation on water problems in the country and the draft General Water Act, a proposal incorporating the human right to water and sanitation. This legislation seeks to implement a modern and unified system of water management through the creation of a national water council. Importantly, the act refers to watersheds, hydrographic zones and transboundary watersheds: article 26 addresses the possibility of negotiating and signing international treaties and conventions on transboundary watersheds, and article 27 advocates principles of international law on water resources, natural resources or the environment.

Various international agreements and basin commissions were analyzed at the workshop, along with work being carried out in shared watersheds of the region through the project called BRIDGE: Building River Dialogue and Governance. Participants discussed activities in the binational watershed of the Goascorán River (Honduras and El Salvador), principles of international law, and ways of scaling up local initiatives in water governance.

The workshop was attended by 21 people, including IUCN experts, officials from the ministries of Foreign Relations, Environment and Natural Resources, Economy, and Agriculture and Livestock, as well as from the Lempa River Executive Hydroelectric Commission and the National Aqueducts and Sewers Administration. The event was framed within the BRIDGE project, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

For more information contact: nazareth.porras@iucn.org