Governance of the Goascorán River: a shared resource between El Salvador and Honduras

01 December 2011 | News story

As part of the IUCN Building River Dialogues and Governance (BRIDGE) project, a workshop was held to strengthen governance capacity of the transboundary river Goascorán. This river basin is shared by Honduras and El Salvador, an area of great environmental, economical and geopolitical importance in the region.

Supporting the governance of shared waters between Honduras and El Salvador is a key focus of IUCN’s work and in particular the IUCN BRIDGE project. We see this workshop as a step forward in improving the management of this transboundary river, both for riparian communities and the ecosystems that depend on it”, said Rocio Cordoba, IUCN Water Programme Coordinator for Mesoamerica.

Over 30 representatives from civil society, municipal authorities, government and non-governmental authorities from the two countries participated in the two-day workshop. The focus was on technical aspects of the basin’s ecosystem approach, integrated water resource management and international law.

Presentations and discussion revolved around watershed governance practices in this shared territory, concluding with exercises allowing participants to practice new knowledge and skills to negotiate and seek consensus on transboundary river management.

The workshop is part of project activities to strengthen the capacities of local stakeholders in fostering dialogue and generating bi-national agreements towards the sustainable management of watershed resources. Funding for the BRIDGE project is provided by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The event was organized by the IUCN Water Management Unit of the Regional Office for Mesoamerica (ORMA) and the IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC), as well as IUCN Member Fundación Vida de Honduras.

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