Projects - International Climate Initiative (IKI)

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As of: November 2016

Building regionally appropriate, ecosystem-based adaptation in Mesoamerica

Objective and activities

The project enhanced the statutory instruments supporting responses to climate change. A particular focus was placed on optimising transboundary water resources management. Project activities gave policy-makers and other relevant players the necessary knowledge about ecosystem-based management methods, and institutionalised coordination mechanisms for water use. Furthermore, the project promoted exchange among policy-makers, technical experts, academia and civil society, and carried out pilot activities which tested climate change adaptation instruments in the water sector. This put target countries in a better position to cope with the adverse effects of climate change and engage in integrated ecosystem management and conservation.

State of implementation/results

  • Twenty workshops carried out in 2012 in the pilot regions; topics included climate change, ecosystem-based adaptation and communication strategies. Ten consultation processes with indigenous groups and other interest groups have taken place. Several informative meetings at ministerial level carried out in participating countries
  • Ecosystem-based adaptation measures are currently being implemented in six demonstration projects in five border areas (bi- and trinational) with five countries.
    Results presented internationally at a series of events including World Water Week in Stockholm; IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Technical Workshop of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Mexico City; Convention on Transboundary Waters of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • Training material created and distributed: DVD and YouTube video 'Adapting to climate change: people and ecosystems'; DVD and YouTube video 'Integrating borders'

Project data

Central and South America, Caribbean supraregional: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Panama

Partner institution:

Binational Cooperation Agreement Costa Rica–Panama and the Permanent Binational Commission; Sixaola River Binational Commission; Costa Rica: Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAE); El Salvador: Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), Trifinio Plan; Mexico: National Commission of Natural Protected Areas, National Water Commission; Panama: National Environmental Authority of Panama

Implementing organisation:

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

BMUB grant:
€ 2,513,492.93

06/2010 till 09/2013


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