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Financial Mechanisms for Sustainable Management of Ecosystems Providing Environmental Services: The Trifinio Region, Central America

March 5, 2009

The GEF invites you to attend at the 19th GEF Brown Bag Lunch
presented by

Miguel Gomez, Director of the Regional Unit of Technical Assistance, RUTA

Thursday, March 5, 2009 
12:30-1:30 PM
GEF Secretariat Main Conference Room (6-151)
1776 G Street NW, Washington DC

The Trifinio Region (TR) is the result of a tri-national treaty signed by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The region encompasses a surface of 7,541 km2, 45 municipalities and a population of approximately 700,000. Among the important attributes of the TR are the forested ecosystems providing water and habitats for wildlife. Rivers and aquifers flowing from the TR are important for hydropower generation, domestic water consumption, agriculture and tourism. Sustainable management of these important ecosystems require the implementation of bi-national or tri-national coordinated strategies based on the demand for ecosystem services. The implementation of adequate financial mechanisms is part of the strategy designed by the Trifinio Tri-national Commission (TTC) and is well documented in the Water Agenda 2006 – 2010. The TTC, The Regional Unit for Technical Assistance (RUTA), and the World Bank have conducted collaborative field assessments to design an action plan on payment for environmental services (PES) with emphasis on transboundary water resources and biodiversity.

If interested in attending at the event, please contact Mr. Jaime Cavelier, jcavelier@thegef.org, Tel. 202-473-4886