On August 7th and 8th, after twenty years, the second National Congress of Water Resources in Guatemala was held with a series of lectures of international experts, conversations, and presentations of studies on water in Guatemala, it was a successful event with the objective of promoting water security through the integration of knowledge, intersectoral dialogue and the exchange of good practices and experiences.
This second edition of the Congress was organized by the following organizations: World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Water Fund for the Metropolitan Region (FUNCAGUA), the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (INSIVUMEH), the Private Institute for Climate Change Research (ICC), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the University of San Carlos of Guatemala (USAC), Del Valle de Guatemala University (UVG) and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), with the support of the Ministry Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) through the Vice Ministry of Water, the Alliance for Water, the Guatemalan System of Climate Change Sciences (SGCCC), the Guatemalan Environmental Training and Research Network (REDFIA) and the World Association of Water (GWP).
Guatemala is a country with abundant wealth in water resources, but with many problems and great challenges, Dr. Alex Guerra, director general of the ICC, mentioned that: “The issue of water is one among those that have fallen furthest behind and despite the natural wealth of this resource that we have, there are many problems of scarcity, pollution, of impacts on agriculture, impacts from floods, etc., and what we are looking for is to promote water security, that is, that water becomes an element of well-being, economic development and stability for our country and not a negative one that generates disease, conflict and all the negative things that we have today”.
Now more than ever, it is necessary to integrate efforts and seek joint solutions to face the challenges presented by climate change and meteorological phenomena such as El Niño, which is already being reflected in the decrease in rainfall in different parts of the country. Based on the results of the Congress, a document will be prepared with recommendations for the new Government that will take office in January of next year, expecting that they integrate the issue in the country agenda and future workplan.