30 Community Water Associations meet at the first meeting of Resilient ASADAS

The meeting focused on two fundamental processes: the preparation of the five-year plan for the environmental management of water resources, and the tariff for the protection of the water resource.

20 May 2022. San José, Costa Rica. Representatives of more than 30 Community Water Supply Management Associations - ASADAS met at the First Meeting of the Resilient ASADAS project of the Urban Water sector of EUROCLIMA+ of the European Union.

Among the issues discussed during the meeting, which took place in May 2022, was the water resource protection tariff, which provides associations with the opportunity to obtain resources to ensure the quality and quantity of water in continuity for water users. "The ASADA benefited from being the first in the country to implement the tariff, and today we are already billing; in April, the first charge was made to users in the community of Limón de Río Blanco," says Guiselle Urbina Varela, president of the ASADA Río Blanco, Limón.

The 60 Community Water Supply Management Associations that are part of the project have already participated in a diagnostic stage, which established their status in terms of development plans, capacities to adapt to climate change, strategies and action plans in the face of natural disasters, among others.

This first face-to-face meeting is the starting signal for the second stage, which aims to enable the ASADAS involved to build a five-year environmental management plan and opt for the implementation of the tariff for the protection of the water resource. In this process, the project will provide technical support.

ASADAS Resilient is led by the French Development Agency - AFD, and is implemented in Costa Rica by the Centre for Environmental Law and Natural Resources - CEDARENA, with the participation of the National Institute of Aqueducts and Sewerage - AyA and the Regulatory Authority of Public Services - ARESEP, and its objective is to strengthen communal aqueducts for their adaptation to climate change.

Officials from AyA and ARESEP also participated in the face-to-face meeting.

ASADAS Resilient will also provide resources to improve the infrastructure of these communal aqueducts.

EUROCLIMA+ sector Water management with an urban resilience perspective

Through this sector of the EUROCLIMA+ programme implemented by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the French Development Agency (AFD), a total of seven projects will be implemented. For more information on each project visit:  


EUROCLIMA+ is a programme funded by the European Union and co-financed by the German federal government through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), as well as by the governments of France and Spain through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.

The Programme's mission is to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, promoting mitigation, adaptation, resilience and climate investment. It is implemented according to the "Spirit of Team Europe" under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), AFD Group: the French Development Agency (AFD)/ Expertise France (EF), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).