Colombia this week holds the National Implementation Workshop of the SAP for integrated water management in the Amazon Basin

Sep 5, 2023Amazon Basin Project

On September 7 and 8, the Colombian Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development and the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), through the Amazon Basin Project (ACTO/UNEP/GEF), will hold the Strategic Actions Program (SAP) Implementation Workshop in Leticia, a city on the Amazon border with Brazil.

The aim of the event is to identify, together with relevant national actors, priority actions and promote capacities for the implementation of the Strategic Action Program (SAP) in Colombia and within the framework of ACTO’s regional cooperation.

Agreed and endorsed in 2017 by the ACTO member countries – Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela – the Strategic Action Program (SAP) seeks to ensure the integrated and sustainable management of transboundary water resources in the Amazon River Basin, considering climate variability and change.

In the second half of 2023, workshops are being held to implement the program in each of the Amazonian countries in order to prepare governments and society for participatory water management in the region. Colombia is the second country to organize its national workshop. The first was Bolivia and the next will be Peru.

The public event in Leticia will bring together relevant national actors in the areas of water management, culture and education to formulate recommendations for the SAP implementation process, combining the technical and cultural dimensions and seeking to identify opportunities for regional collaboration, thus contributing to the formulation of the National Action Plan (NAP).

In each of the countries, the NAP will be a document aligned with national policies and aimed at implementing the SAP in its strategic lines of institutional strengthening for IWRM, adaptation to climate change and monitoring of the basin’s water resources. At the same time, local cultural and educational aspects relevant to the development of the water theme will be considered.

In addition, in order to ensure the cross-cutting inclusion of gender issues in the implementation of IWRM and the SAP, training will be offered at the national workshops on planning and implementing projects, programs and policies from a gender equity perspective.

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