La poza Experience in Water Conservation-Management and Conservation of Water Resources in “La Poza” Basin presented at GWP Consulting Partners Meeting 2010, Stockholm
Management and Conservation of Water Resources in “La Poza” Basin<br />www.gwpcentroamerica.org<br />
Location of the basin<br />El Salvador, CA<br />Thebasinislocated in El Salvador (Central America) overanarea of 10.4 km2. <br />
Evolution of the Iniative<br />1999 Start of USAID project focused on capacity building and basin management planning. <br />2004 ASDEPROMIPO is established as NGO, with the objective of protecting and developing the basin natural resources through:<br />Citizen participation with gender focus<br />Development of environmental education projects <br />Implementation of soil conservation practices for water resources conservation<br />2006 ASDEPROMIPO becomes partner of GWP <br />
Interests that motivate the work on the basin <br />Improve agriculture practices<br />Protect the environment<br />IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE POPULATION AND SUSTAINBLE DEVELOPMENT<br />Human water supply<br />Development of ecotourim<br />
Conservation practices in the basin<br /><ul><li> Infiltration Ditches
Reforestation</li></li></ul><li>Local actors involvement<br />Awareness and education of local population has been key for the active involvement of agricultural producers, women, youth, Muncipalities and local media. <br />STRENGTHENING WATER COMMITTEES<br />TRAINING MUNICIPALITIES<br />WORKING WITH RADIO AND TV<br />WITH SCHOOLS<br />
Dissemination of the experience<br /><ul><li> Exchanging the experience at national and international level with similar organisations.
Fieldtrips with local and national journalists.
Participation in national and international events.
Visits to municipalities and other institutions. </li></li></ul><li>Main achievements of ASDEPROMIPO<br /><ul><li>Active engagement in basin management initiatives by local population, municipalities and local media.
Increased water level in wells and springs downstream
Development and implementation of municipal regulations to protect natural resources.
Establishment of quota for payment for environmental services generation of financial resources
The beneficiaries of this initiative are 15,000 people who live in this basin. </li></li></ul><li>GWP El Salvador<br />ASDEPROMIPO has benefitted from its partnership with GWP El Salvador by:<br /><ul><li> Increasing its knowledge about IWRM through training, and participation in national and regional events.
Preparation of a case study and dissemination through the Toolbox.
Establishment of coordination relationships with government, cooperation agencies and other institutions at national and international level.
Opportunity for sharing the experience at national and international level
Linking on the ground experience with national policy development </li></ul>ASDEPROMIPO is a member of <br />GWP El Salvador Steering Committee. <br />
Some of the Challenges <br /><ul><li> To keep permanent monitoring of water quality for domestic use.
To promote adequate management of solid waste throughout the basin.
To implement a system for treating efluents that are currently thrown to the rivers.
To improve and update the payment of environmental services.
Resource movilization and technical assistance to coninue the implementation of the conservation practices and the awareness of local actors. </li></li></ul><li>Opportunites and conclusions<br />Great potential to support national (bottom-up) policy development related basin organisations and the payment for environmental services GWP El Salvador will lobby key parlamentarians.<br />Payment for environmental services is a source of financial resources for IWRM at basin level.<br />La Poza basin IS adapting to climate change and reducing vulnerability of local population achieving water security (more steady flows during dry season for all users)<br />