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28.03.2016 17:32 Age: 7 yrs
Category: General

Closure meeting of the MWAR-LAC project

Brussels, Belgium, 24-25 February.

The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) initiated the project on Management of Water Resources in Arid and Semiarid zones of Latin America (‘MWAR-LAC’) in 2012 within the framework of the UNESCO Programme ‘Water and Development Information Network for Arid Region- A Global network’ (G-WADI) to enhance the capacity of dryland countries in the region to deal with climatic variability, drought and floods, and to build capacities on different levels (professionals, governmental agencies, general public and dryland communities) to tackle water management challenges in the Latin American and Caribbean drylands.

During the implementation of the project multiple milestones and deliverables were achieved, focusing on the identification of vulnerability to droughts, capacity building on adaptive water management, monitoring and early warning of climate risks and outreach to stakeholders to strengthen their resilience. The impact of the project is driven by applied scientific work to support decision making at multiple levels, making contributions from the scientific community an essential component, as well as the close partnership with the member states from the region to embed the solutions in a science-policy framework.

Therefore, a closure meeting was held in Brussels, Belgium, to highlight the achievements of the project and to present the MWAR-LAC accomplishment report. 

A second objective of the meeting was to identify additional gaps and needs in the region to address climatic variability and change impacts on water resources. As a follow-up to this process, an extension project is under development to enhance ‘Climate Services for improved Water Resources Management in vulnerable regions to climate change in Latin America and the Caribbean’ (CliMWaR-LAC), building further on the outcomes of the meeting.

In close connection, a short planning workshop was also held to identify the action plan for the Water Security project (2015-2018).

Access the meeting presentations here.

The Accomplishment Report can be accessed here.

MWAR LAC - Managing Water Resources in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean