Achieved outcomes and impacts:
Improving water governance
- Relaunching of the Binational Community Committee of the upper part of the Sumpul River sub-basin, encouraging the active participation of youth and women, and incorporating representatives of Water Committees and other local entities.
- Strengthening of 4 Water Committees in the upper part of the sub-basin and improvements to the water supply systems for human consumption.
- Participatory development of new planning and management instruments for governance platforms (Binational Committee and 4 Water Committees).
- Greater articulation between key stakeholders in the sub-basin linked to governance and integrated water resource management issues.
Improved local capacities
- Increased knowledge of the members of the Binational Community Committee on transboundary cooperation; integrated water resource management; Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA); and policy and legislative frameworks for water and climate change.
- Increased communication and advocacy skills with training for 38 community leaders on negotiation, advocacy and communication.
- Improved capacities to implement EbA measures in agroforestry systems (crop diversification and soil and water conservation) benefiting >100 producers.
Success factors and lessons learned:
The solution shows positive results related to the prioritization of a multidimensional, participatory, flexible and ecosystem-based governance model for adaptation.
It was also a success factor that the solution focused on building capacities, fostering leadership and establishing consensus in relation to water management.
As a lesson learned, capacities need to be practical, involve a multidimensional approach and offer short-term results. With capacities, organizations can develop management and policy instruments, fed by scientific studies and local knowledge. In addition, greater knowledge and joint work at the basin level leads to better risk prevention and adaptation to climate change.