Legal, Institutional, and Scientific Challenges for Present and Future Drought Management in the Tempisque Basin

This project focused on short- and long-term drought management in the Tempisque Basin under El Niño and climate change scenarios. While Guanacaste is the driest region in Costa Rica, it is also under extreme pressure from water intensive activities such as agriculture, ranching, and tourism. Practicum participants found that the pressure on water resources, coupled with lack of data and institutional issues, have created an inefficient and ineffective drought management framework. Recommendations for improving drought management are provided.

Resources: Arnold, Elliott (University of Florida); Broadwell, Amanda (University of Florida); Peterson, M. Chance (Arizona State University); Pirola, Silvia (University of Costa Rica). “Legal, Institutional, and Scientific Challenges for Present and Future Drought Management in the Tempisque Basin”