Strengthening multilevel governance for EbA in the Binational Sumpul River sub-basin (El Salvador-Honduras)

Water scarcity and water use rights have led to conflicts in the headwaters of Sumpul River sub-basin (867 km2), shared between Honduras and El Salvador. The climate change context makes the search for integral solutions that generate peace, transboundary development and resilience, crucial. Promoting a multidimensional (multilevel and multisectoral), participatory and flexible governance model, with an ecosystem approach, for adaptation is therefore an important step. In seeking the sustainable use of water as an adaptation need in Sumpul, existing governance structures were reinforced, boosting their representation, knowledge and management capacity. A common agenda was built based on greater dialogue and trust between stakeholders of the upper sub-basin facilitated by the Binational Community Committee. The agenda included the implementation of agroforestry systems and soil conservation practices to ensure water ecosystem services.

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