Freshwater Action Network
– grassroots influencing on water and sanitation

Update on activities from FAN Central America

Governance and Transparency Fund (GTF)

In February, as part of the GTF programme, FANCA organized the first Regional Forum on Transparency and Integrity in the Water Sector of Central America in partnership with WIN (Water Integrity Network) and RASCA (Central American Water and Sanitation Network). More than 50 representatives of civil society, governments, community water boards, municipalities and more. Sixteen case studies about successful experiences of transparency in the region were presented at the event.

This GTF programme has had a positive impact in the region, particularly within community water management structures. Various actions  have taken place in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras to improve transparency in Water Resource Management. Several workshops have been carried out to create tools  tending to achieve a major efficiency and integrity.

Political advocacy

As for the political advocacy work, members of FANCA have managed to get involved in processes of creating and approval of law bills affecting the water sector. In Costa Rica, the National Alliance for the Defense of Water held a meeting in April to evaluate the current situation of the Water Agenda, which includes The Water Resources Law Bill; the Constitutional Reform 121.14 which declares water as a public good; and the Community Water Management Sector Law Bill. The Water Agenda is back in the spotlight now that the opposition is in control of Congress. Now ANDA will be carrying out a series of regional and national workshops to reach a consensus on the wording of the Bill.

In Nicaragua there are new projects of law currently in congress that affect the water sector. For instance, there is a Bill that most civil society organizations oppose which might weaken ENECAL, the organisation responsible for managing aqueducts and sewers. However, on the plus side, there's is also a Bill that outlines tariffs for the use of water by the private sector. In Honduras and El Salvador, a process of restructuring the water sector continues. In both cases, members of FANCA are involved and advocating for the interests of the communities.

Communications

FANCA continues producing its own monthly bulletin called Water News, which includes news related to water resources, climate change, environment etc. Also the communications unit is working on a new website which will be released very soon and will have as main its innovation an internet television channel. This media outlet will broadcast audio-visual productions related to water resources as well as live programs and coverage of events and will be on air 24 hours a day.

World Water Forum Marseilles 2012

FANCA is also active part in the preparatory process of the Americas towards the World Water Forum of Marseilles 2012 promoting that this should be a widely participative process  where civil society must have a leading role in both the organizational and preparatory process as well as the at event itself.

Climate change

FANCA continues to be vigilant monitoring and denouncing activities that could be harmful to the environment, people’s health or water resources. Recently, we have been involved in supporting communities in their struggle against the concessions given to companies over rivers used  for hydroelectric production in Honduras which threatens water access for communities; campaigning on the pollution resulting from increasing pineapple activity in Costa Rica; and campaigning on the harmful effects of the mining industry in Panama and Guatemala. Moreover, FANCA is adopting global warming as priority for the future of the network as the effects that are already a fact in all the countries of the region.

Exploring funding opportunities

FANCA is also putting a lot of effort into exploring new financing possibilities to ensure sustainability beyond July 2012 when FAN Global becomes independent of WaterAid. Motivated by the powerful influence and contributions of FANCA's interventions in the region, the organizations members of the network are determined to achieve the sustainability as soon as possible.

Our affected area due to Climate Change.

On account of climate change, the people of coastal region of Bangladesh are facing dreadful condition in their livelihood. Your drawing attention, the climate change is applying herewith attached for application and recommendations. Climate Chance the people of coastal belt in Bangladesh are going to be from poor to poorer due to occurrence of destructive Cyclone like SIDR, AILA, NARGIS and Flood almost in every year snatched away their last resort to live. Due to tidal bore saline water of sea rushed to the locality and Agricultural and field inundated. For this biodiversity in life and various crops suffered to a great extent.

Intensity of River erosion is increasing. Low-lying Areas are flooded. Agricultural land is decreasing. Fishermen cannot fish in deep sea. Within the coming 2025 year 17-20% of the coastal area will have possibility of being inhabitable. Due to effect of Climate Change the number of refugees may be exceeded more than 10 Million. To face this circumstance, we the Coastal Part of NGOs Consortium Group associated with various development activities are Southern Part of Bangladesh. Now our main task is to find out and identify the problems and its solution regarding adverse effects of Climate Change. We are inviting you to visit our affected area due to Climate Change. Our main motto is to seek advice and cooperation from all corners.

 

Sincerely Yours,

 

Md. Moniruzzaman
Executive Director
Aid Organization
Amirkutir,Alekanda,
Barisal-8200
BANGLADESH.