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Toward More Effective Approaches to Watershed Management In the Motagua and Polochic Watersheds

by Jean Brennan last modified Jan 10, 2013 10:57 AM In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment for non-profit research and educational purposes only. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, any copyrighted material herein is distributed without profit or payment for non-profit research and educational purposes only.

In late 1998 Hurricane Mitch struck 20 departments in Guatemala, but the hardest hit areas were the northwest river valleys of the Polochic and Motagua watersheds, the south coast, the center of the country and the Caribbean coast. USAID/Guatemala asked seven private and governmental Guatemalan organizations, with which it had worked in the past or had an ongoing contractual relationship, to submit proposals for post-Mitch rehabilitation work in the watersheds of the Polochic and Motagua rivers. ANACAFE, CARE, CRS, Defensores de la Naturaleza, Fundación Solar, and SHARE submitted their proposals between August and September 1999 and USAID/Guatemala signed the first cooperative agreement in September and the last in December 1999. USAID/Guatemala requested specialized technical assistance from Chemonics International to: • Identify watershed best management practices on forest land and agriculture areas • Design, implement and monitor action plans to carry out best management practices in forestry and agriculture • Design overall performance monitoring and evaluation system. This document covers the first two items. The Chemonics’ specialists reviewed the proposals submitted by the implementing organizations, as well as midterm evaluations, final evaluations and other similar documents. They also conducted in-depth interviews, and made short visits to field sites and organized several meetings to obtain feedback on drafts of this document and to agree on feasible changes to be made in the operations. The conclusions reached by following this process about the currently used practices are presented in this report. Prepared for: USAID/Guatemala-Central American Program Prepared by: Chemonics International Inc.; Authors: Carlos Perez and Henry Tschinkel. 8 May 2000

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