Watershed management

Since the 1980s CATIE has been involved in the field of watershed management in Tropical America. Therefore for more than 25 years we have generated planning methodologies, management strategies, and monitoring and evaluation systems that have been applied in the different countries and regions of Latin America.

The emphasis in recent years has focused on models for co-management, water recharge areas, territorial scaling, watershed agencies, funding mechanisms, vulnerability and risk management, mainly related to flooding, landslides and pollution.

At CATIE, through our Climate Change and Watersheds Program, we support the development of instruments and tools to achieve sustainable management of watersheds in the territories.

In watershed management we work on:

  • Watershed assessment and planning
  • Indicators and baselines for watershed management
  • Water recharge zones
  • Watershed management and co-management
  • Integrated water resource management
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Multiple use and optimal use of water resources
  • Management of risk from disasters of hydrometeorological origin
  • Monitoring and evaluation of watersheds
  • Documentation of experiences in watershed management

We are part of GWP of Central America, an entity that relates us with activities in the region and through which agreements are made with national and international bodies, with which we develop research, technical cooperation and training activities.

We also develop education activities, offering the Masters in Integrated Watershed Management and Administration.

If you would like to know more about our work in this field, contact Jorge Faustino, watershed management specialist at CATIE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..