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'