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CATIE advances in study of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in the Santa María river basin
- This is one of the largest river basins in Panama
August 4, 2020. In a virtual workshop with the participation of about 50 people from the Ministry of the Environment of Panama, the Santa María River Basin Committee and the NATURA Foundation, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) presented a detailed diagnosis of the Santa María River Basin, which was developed as part of a process that includes a study of climate vulnerability and a plan for adaptation to climate change in the basin.
The diagnosis and the other studies under development are financed by the Adaptation Fund and aim to establish planning instruments for the sustainable management of the territory, resilient to the climate, with an integrated and participatory approach in the hydrographic basin of the Santa Maria River. This basin is one of the most important in the country, being part of three provinces and one indigenous region.
"CATIE presented a biophysical characterization, a socioeconomic characterization, urban and rural inventories, in addition to providing recommendations for baseline studies to deepen the diagnosis itself," said Elvin Britton, CATIE's representative in Panama.
Angel Arauz, from the Department of Integrated River Basin Management of the Ministry of Environment, said that this is the first study to be carried out following the regulations and the order established therein, and that it will be the basis for the environmental land use plan and the updating of the river basin management plan.
In addition, Abril Méndez, coordinator of CATIE's team that developed the study, highlighted the participation of the Santa María River Basin Committee, which provided support, identified stakeholders and offered valuable recommendations.
Finally, Britton stressed that this study represents the basic contribution to the management of human actions in the basin, providing key information to the basin committee for its management and decision making. He thanked all those involved in the process, noting the teamwork and coordination even amidst the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the presentation of this diagnosis and after incorporating some adjustments and recommendations suggested by the Santa María River Basin Committee, CATIE will work on completing the study of the basin's climate vulnerability and on preparing a plan for adaptation to climate change to be completed by the end of 2020.
Representative of CATIE in Panamá
Karla Salazar Leiva
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