A watery divide between El Salvador and Honduras

With communities in the border region between El Salvador and Honduras highly dependent on agriculture, water is their most precious commodity. But climate change has brought prolonged periods of drought, and farmers now find themselves waiting months for rain. Local communities draw water from the river which creates the natural boundary between the two states. For a long time there was dispute over who could take how much, but these days that is decided by an official bilateral committee which is supported by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its local partners. Once a month, farmers clean the filters at the dam, thereby ensuring a supply of drinking water.

A film by Vera Freitag



6:37 Minutes


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