Outlook

When WANI and partners interventions finally came to an end in 2011, the focus is now on the Tacaná watersheds’ stakeholders and the governments of Mexico and Guatemala to continue working towards a future where water resources are used sustainably, maintaining both ecosystem health and people’s livelihood security. The WANI Tacaná Watersheds demonstration project has built a platform for wider influencing of regional and national water management. The promotion of integrated water resource management and resilience at the local, national and regional level has continued with other projects which mostly focus on governance through microwatershed councils and building resilience through integrated water resource management.

The continued livelihoods work is also a strong component in these complementary projects. From 2007, the Tacaná project was funded by the Dutch Embassy in Guatemala (Embajada del Reino de los Países Bajos) and contributed activities on the Guatemalan side of the border. In Mexico, the Fundación Gonzalo Río Arronte I.A.P. continued implementation in the Cahoacán Watershed. This works builds on previous work in Mexico, in Chiapas, where a Payment for Environmental Hydrological Services scheme was established with an investment of 9,230,608 US dollars for an area of 3,722 hectares. The scheme has been an important tool to encourage conservation and improve livelihoods of the surrounding communities. Additional support was provided by the Mi Cuenca project funded by Howard G. Buffet Foundation through the Global Water Initiative, which aims to reduce communities’ vulnerability to water-related shocks through integrated water resource management in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The IUCN Livelihoods and Landscapes Strategy (LLS) project worked on sustaining the flow of goods and services from forest landscapes for the benefit of local people and biodiversity in San Marcos in Guatemala. This co-finance and leverage initiated by WANI has ensured that the project has achieved its goals and has led to the sustainability of actions on the ground a local to transboundary levels. (IUCN 2012)