Water Resources Situation in Central America: Towards an Integrated Management / Global Water Partnership, GWP Central America-CA. Editorial: Virginia G. Reyes – 3 rd. 2006, San Jose, Costa Rica
The Global Water Partnership, Central Chapter (GWP-CA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through the Alliance Program Bank-Netherlands Water Resources Management (INWAP), are pleased to present you the third version of the document entitled “Status of Water Resources in Central America: Towards an Integrated Management.”
This document since its first release is meant as a tool for synthesizing overview of the context where is the region with respect to water, and try to compile in a single writing, information related to different sectors in which the water resource plays an important role. Since the first version that was published in 2001, to this, experience has determined that it was necessary to include new information on statistics and case studies, which allowed the document to be increasingly valuable and become a query text. Also in this third version can be found a greater number of explanatory maps that illustrate the reality of the seven countries in the region.
Central America stands out as a privileged region between others many parts of the world by the water wealth that which has, however, that wealth is not reflected in the existence of organized information and quality related with the topic. Therefore, for the development of the two before versions and this, one of the biggest challenges was getting the basic information that would lead to a uniformity of content for the countries. This aspect was possible because the countries not has the same information, which led to differences in the analysis presented for each of them. Despite that, this paper aims to present of the clearest possible manner and in a single instrument reading, the best information concerning.
We hope this document that analice to the region as a whole and each individual country, truly response to the needs of professionals and students interested in the subject. Also, it becomes a progress information in Central America, so that new initiatives are approached to supply the region with the most extensive documentation on the water issue, and the region can overcome this gap. We thank all contributors, especially the national representatives of the Technical Advisory Committee for Central America (GWP-CATAC) for their support. Just as the valuable contributions of Yamileth Astorga, Max Campos, of Regional Committee for Water Resources (CRRH); Manuel Jimenez, American Agricultural Council (CAC) and Virginia Reyes, Technical Officer of GWP-CA.
Ingeneer Maureen Ballestero Vargas Coordinator of GWP-CA
Central America: main hydrographical basins and capitals