Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in Central America

The EUROCLIMA+ programme is developing a training course focusing on the impact of climate change on Water Resources with Central American climate services.

Antigua (Guatemala), 24 October 2022.- The training course "Impact of climate change on water resources", organised by the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP) in the framework of the EUROCLIMA+ programme, was held in Antigua (Guatemala) from 17 to 21 October 2022 and was given by experts from the Centre for Hydrographic Studies of CEDEX (Spain) and the State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) of Spain, with the collaboration of the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECID).

This activity is part of the action Generation of regionalised climate change scenarios for Central America, in which the following countries participate: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, which is being supported by the EUROCLIMA+ Programme with FIIAPP as implementer. It was during its development that the countries expressed the need to prioritise the water sector as being of great interest for the use of the regionalisation of scenarios, which is why this training took place. 

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The training has followed an eminently practical orientation, and has been developed in a classroom format, although some sessions were also given virtually online. The course was given by Alfonso Hernanz Lázaro (AEMET, Spain), José Moyano Capilla (CEDEX, Spain), Luis Barranco (CEDEX, Spain), Debora Ley (Energy and Natural Resources ECLAC), Julio Menéndez (CEDEX, Spain), Sara Covaleda (FIIAPP, EUROCLIMA+) and Concepción Marcuello (CODIA). A total of twenty-four students from meteorological services of Central American countries attended.

The aim of the course was to provide methodological tools to assess the hydrological impact of climate change, using a hydrological model and statistical programming tools (R Studio).  The regionalisation of scenarios is the starting point for the analysis, processing and input of the hydrological model, the results of which have been the subject of statistical impact analysis.


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), the 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).


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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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