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Water conservation and sustainable natural resources management (Forest and water/CAMARENA) Phase 1, 2 and 3

Regional – Americas
Rural Development and Environment
Comisión Trinacional del Plan Trifinio (CTPT)
Donor Organisation: 
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Associated Enterprises: 
AFC Consultants International
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
March, 2009
End of project: 
December, 2017

Countries: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras

The Trifinio region, situated in the transboundary area of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, is of particular importance for the regional biodiversity and water supply of large cities like San Salvador. At the same time, it is characterized by a high poverty rate, especially in rural areas, and by a lack of governmental support. Insufficient professional skills for organizational development and management of the responsible institutions within the Trifinio region impede transboundary cooperation and therewith an effective implementation of methods for the sustainable use of natural resources in the region (central problem). This has a knock-on-effect, contributing to and worsening poverty and degradation of the natural resources with mutual repercussions. The Programme implemented successfully phases I and II with focus on the development of innovative models of sustainable natural resource management with positive economic, ecological and social impacts for the local producer families. In the following are presented the goals and main activities of the third phase concentrating on processes of upscaling and organizational strengthening of the stakeholder and transboundary cooperation.


Project details


Improvement of coordination and cooperation between the relevant stakeholders related to sustainable natural resources management and value chains in the Trifinio Region, under the leadership of CTPT (Comisión Trinacional del Plan Trifinio = Trinational commission of the Trifinio plan).

The project has four key results:

  1. The institutional capacities of CTPT have been strengthened.
  2. Public and private organizations of the Trifinio region have platforms and tools at their disposal, for consensus planning, implementation and monitoring of actions on sustainable natural resources management and value chains.
  3. The validated practices with CTPT on sustainable natural resources management have been disseminated among the Trifinio region.
  4. Value chains have been consolidated upon the proved practices with CTPT on sustainable natural resources management.

1) Institutional strengthening and management of CTPT

  • Development of capacities within CTPT in topics related to sustainable natural resources management;
  • Implementation and follow-up of the Management Information System (Sistema de Información Gerencial - SIGE). Also incorporation of impact indicators to measure the progress of the Trifinio Plan 2014 – 2018 strategy;
  • Improvement of the visibility of the program’s and CTPT’s contribution to the regional, national and sectorial strategies;
  • Strengthening of knowledge management, by creating a virtual platform and systematization of replicable experience (of the programme or others of CTPT), in order to be transferred to the institutions and stakeholders of the tri-national region;
  • Strengthening of international cooperation mechanisms (board of donors) and the high level dialog on policies in the three countries, through GIZ;
  • Increase of financial sustainability in CTPT.

2) Strengthening and creation of institutional platforms for the management of natural resources

  • Promote cooperation and coordination mechanisms related to sustainable natural resources management between stakeholders and public and private organizations;
  • Advice institutional platforms in planning, implementation and monitoring of natural resources;
  • Creating and strengthening of networks and boards in which the representatives of the public and private sector, as well as the civil society take part.

3) Dissemination and institutionalization of successful experiences in the management of natural resource, developed by the programme

  • Adapt the dissemination strategy, replica of the models and institutionalization of good practices for natural resources management;
  • Continuing training of “agricultural community promoters”(PAC), a mechanism to create local capacities in the communities, initiated in 2014;
  • Broaden capacities of technical personal of the key actors in technical aspects and in business focus by meetings and trainings;
  • Institutionalisation of the developed practices in state bodies and organisations by defined mechanisms;
  • Develop multiplication mechanisms for stakeholder organizations (municipal associations, NGOs, business organizations) and co-investments;
  • Extend the area covered by the programme through the involvement of key dissemination actors and strengthening the CTPT in its coordination role;
  • Promote successful experiences in academic institutions and their integration in the study plans;
  • Promote environment friendly agriculture by using agro ecological alternatives;
  • Include climate change adaptation (diversification of production, conservation of soil and water) as a cross cutting issue innatural resource management;
  • Promote transfer and exchange of experiences in other (transboundary) processes of natural resource management.

4) Consolidation of value chains in order to achieve economic sustainability of the proposed models of the previous phases

  • Support an entrepreneurial culture and connect the local producer organizations with the markets, using the concept of value chains;
  • Promote innovative financing mechanism with participation of private national and/or international companies;
  • Explore possibilities to create and apply mechanisms of fund raising, like “green investments” and volunteer carbon markets with social focus;
  • Consolidate and extend the innovative models piloted in six small watersheds by the valorization of natural resources, in benefit of the local population and consideration gender mainstreaming.