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Founded in 1993, Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA) is a private non-profit that specializes in dialogue, conflict prevention and management through regional processes and national trainings involving 1800 Latin American leaders. Its mission is to promote constructive dialogue, strengthen citizenship and institutional capacity and support policies and procedures for sustainable development in Latin America. The main strategy used by FFLA is conflict resolution methodologies and dialogue around public policies based on consensus. FFLA has provided more than 50 workshops and trainings with more than 1800 people to analyze and manage political dialogue and conflict management scenarios.

FFLA coordinates regional consultations with the goal of evaluating capabilities, knowledge gaps, research priorities on climate change and poverty reduction in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since January 2009, FFLA is the executive secretary of the Latin American Platform on Climate, established by 19 organizations from 10 countries in Latin America in order to highlight climate change and its effects as the most important criteria for decision making regarding political, ecological, social and economic issues in the public and private sector. Now, this platform has progressed into a national Pilot Council on basins with different levels of interaction.


For 11 years, the Jujuy Model Forest has been acting in the province of Jujuy in Argentina to carry out projects that provide innovative solutions to social and ecological problems. The methodology uses a participatory approach. This organization also seeks to establish plans for land use, contributing to integrated management of natural resources in the basin of Los Pericos-Manantiales through participatory planning and management. More than 30 professionals from 14 different disciplines, small and medium farmers, teachers, coaches, businessmen and others are part of the association as well as 28 public, private and non-governmental associations. All of the projects and activities include pure, applied and/or adaptive research. In addition, collaboration with the National University of Jujuy and the Instituto Miguel Lillo are frequent. The major components of the work of the Model Forest are, among others, (i) provision of spaces for women and youth to promote families, production activities and social support, (ii) involvement of communities in discussion processes, consulting, management and decision making for the use of environmental services and the Model Forest, (iii) awareness of rural and urban populations, (iv) strengthening of local and regional organizations, (v) activities for reversing problems of erosion, deforestation and absence of planning land use, (vi) activities for the restoration of native forests and the extensive use of sustainable forestry practices, (vii) stimulation of production diversification, (viii) research to achieve the sustainability of ecosystems.


The Evangelical Service for Development (SEPADE) is a private public interest with 35 years of experience in management and development of social, educational, cultural and production initiatives. Carrying out its programs, SEPADE aims to contribute to the construction of a Chilean company more welcoming and inclusive. These programs are developed in the Araucaria region of Biobío to Metropolitan.

Today, SEPADE implements these social, educational and production initiatives through three programs: (i) development and citizen participation, (ii) development and innovation in education, (iii) development and promotion of production. The first program aims to empower vulnerable groups to build their life projects, add creativity in the world of work and use their rights as citizens through innovative educational projects. The second program aims to increase employability and leadership capacity of these groups to the development of work skills and access to information, knowledge and financing of independent economic initiatives contributing to a better local distribution of economic development opportunities. The last program aims to empower vulnerable and discriminated groups to influence issues of public interest through the promotion of participation and the use of their rights. SEPADE intercedes for the construction of trusts to facilitate sturdy interactions between stakeholders that normally do not interact. The organization supports mediation, resource mobilization and legislative processes at the local level.


The Foundation for the Conservation of the Chiquitano Forest (FCBC) is dedicated to the implementation of projects for the protection and conservation of Chiquitano's dry forest and biological diversity and ecological integrity of their associated ecosystems. FCBC is associated with various stakeholders at various levels and is based in conservation of natural resources and sustainable management. This organization is composed of 40 professional technicians and managers and has a strong program of cooperation and internship. Focus is on planning, development, and introduction of innovative adaptation and participatory training methodologies while respecting the social customs and cultural characteristics of the local people.
The FCBC works with individual scientists and with academic and research institutions on issues related to biodiversity, climate change, eco-regional planning and land use, medical studies, management of protected areas, etc.. With direct support to other institutions (such as the Natural History Museum Noel Kempff Mercado in Bolivia, the University for International Cooperation and CATIE in Costa Rica, Tropical Andes Alliance in Peru, Oxford University in England and the University of Colorado, USA) FCBC has carried out over 100 projects and studies (research, internship, thesis, diagnostics, etc..) that have provided materials for the relationship between the needs of local societies and the conservation of natural resources in the Chiquitano Model Forest.


The Center for Forestry and Industry Promotion and Services (Cesefor) is a private non-profit organization created in 2003. The administrative component includes the Provincial de Soria, Valladolid University and two companies (Tableros Losan and Puertas Norma). Its mission is to support the development of forestry and industry to contribute to sustainable development with the implementation of projects and the provision of services. Cesefor offers promotional services (planning and sectoral projects for example) and various information technology services. Cesefor is a member of the Urbion Model Forest and is in charge of the secretary of the Mediterranean Model Forest Network to link political discussions in Latin America with what happens in the Mediterranean region.

Under the 2000-2005 Regional Forest Plan of the Regional Government of Castile and Leon, the Cesefor foundation and its local partners worked for more than five years on local adaptation measures. The focus of the program has been on the need to provide accurate and detailed information to serve as a starting point for discussions on policy development.