Climate indices for the water sector in Central America

A regional workshop to identify climate indices for the water sector in the countries of the Central American Region.

Within the framework of the action Generation of climate change scenarios for Central America, the "First Workshop for the identification of climate indices for the water sector in Central America" was held on 19 May with the aim of presenting the climate change scenario viewer and the usefulness of climate indices for the water sector.

This workshop follows a series of national workshops in which a first contact and preliminary identification of indices was carried out. The results obtained in these national exercises were presented during the session, which also sought to reach a consensus on the indices of greatest interest for the region.

The event included the participation of Luz Graciela Calzadilla, Director of Hydro-meteorology of ETESA (Panama), which holds the pro-tempore presidency of the CRRH, Berta Olmedo, Executive Secretary (CRRH - SICA), professionals from the Meteorological and Hydrological Services of the Central American countries and professionals in charge of water resources management.

In the workshop, the results obtained in the national workshops were shared and work was carried out in groups by thematic areas: energy, water and sanitation, agriculture and forestry, risks. These groups discussed the activities and needs of each thematic area in relation to the water sector, the relevant variables and indices of interest.

Following the analysis of the results by the Central American Climate Change Scenarios Working Group, a list of indices will be prioritised and presented to the sector's stakeholders for validation and later incorporated into the scenario viewer.

EUROCLIMA+, through FIIAPP, supports the generation of regionalised climate scenarios in several countries based on the indications of the latest IPCC report (AR5), through the strengthening of national meteorological services, according to their needs, mobilising experts from the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO). 


EUROCLIMA+ is a programme funded by the European Union to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in 18 Latin American countries, in particular for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations. The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH, Expertise France (EF), the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), and UN Environment.

Euroclima is the European Union's flagship programme on environmental sustainability and climate change with Latin America. It aims to reduce the impact of climate change and its effects in Latin America by promoting climate change mitigation and adaptation through resilience and investment. 
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