The trash of one, the problem of many!!!

By Marle Aguilar-Ponce

For almost the last 5 years the beaches of Honduras, have been affected by large amounts of garbage from the Motagua river of Guatemala. The Motagua River is one of the most important and the largest river of Guatemala.

The mouth of this river form part of the Guatemala/Honduras border; just the last year 2016, Omoa Municipality of Honduras, reported that daily more than 600 tons of garbage from the Motagua River, affecting their beaches economy and tourist; The efforts made by the municipal and national authorities from Honduras to clean these beaches are big, however, the costs of these activities are too high.

Tons of waste from the Motagua River in a Beach of Omoa in Honduras. Ricardo Claros. 16/11/2014 La Prensa, Honduras

Some reports affirmed that almost the 70% of waste (plastics, bottles, tires, organic waste and more) are generated by the capital Guatemala City dumped untreated into the Motagua River. But the problem of the Pollution of Motagua River, is extended not only to the neighbor country directly, also affects both, the biodiversity and ecosystems of the Mesoamerican Reef System (The second largest reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia) and of the Ramsar sites: Punta Manabique (Guatemala) and Cuyamel-Omoa (Honduras).

Solid waste litters the banks of the Motagua River. 12/20/16 ELAW Bulletin

After a lot of pressure about the currently situation of the Motagua River, the Government of Guatemala search and plan solution about: Plastic retention, national project for water treatment and more, also the Government of Honduras agree to support and work together to the Government of Guatemala to reach the cleaning of this important ad essential river.

Exchange among alumni

The CIPSEM family could strengthen its bonds and exchange experiences when alumni from four UNEP-courses had the chance to meet during the 7th International Conference for Prospective Leaders in Climate Protection and climate-related Resource Conservation hosted in Bonn this week by the Alexander von Humboldt foundation.

from right to left: John Dung’u Wairore from World Vision in Kenya (SC65), Karimon Nesha from the Center for Natural Resource Studies in Bangladesh (EM39), Anna Görner (CIPSEM), Olubunmi Ayodele from the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (SC67) and Francis Kamau Irungu from the National Environment Management Authority in Kenya (EM35)