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7th Annual ESP Conference 2014

posted 9 Apr 2015, 15:33 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco

7th Annual ESP Conference 2014The 7th annual Conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership will be held in Costa Rica, from 8-12 September 2014. The emphasis of this conference will be on the use of the ecosystem services concept at the local level, focussing on Latin America, and with a special emphasis on Costa Rica. The programme consists of a mix of plenary sessions, workshops, open topic sessions and special sessions, and several field trips will be organised to provide the opportunity to observe and discuss the practical application of ecosystem services. The IES plans to present the latest work on MAES (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services) and the ESP mapping tool (The Ecosystem Services Partnership Visualization tool).

On this occasion, Grégoire Leclerc project coordinator of EcoAdapt, He is Directly Involved in the organization of a session about community management of environmental Challenges. While, EcoAdapt Under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union will be addressed  the debate on the policy process of adapting to climate change and water management, from the participation of civil society organisations.

Global Lanscape Forum (GLF) 2014: Sustainable Landscapes, towards a post 2015 climate change and development agenda

posted 4 Nov 2014, 13:43 by Unknown user   [ updated 4 Nov 2014, 14:32 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco ]

Foster sustainability and equity from the multifunctional landscapes approach is a key step toward meeting the interlinked challenges associated with climate and development.

More than 1 500 negotiators, world leaders, scientists, civil society, business leaders, international cooperation, media and policymakers engaged in agriculture, forestry and other land-use sectors, will participate in the Second Global Landscape Forum.

This event will be held alongside UN climate negotiations (UNFCCC COP XX) in Lima, Peru, on December 6th and 7th, 2014. The GLF aims to focus on the role of sustainable landscapes in the new climate change and development agenda. This forum is organized by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), in coordination with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and a serious of regional stakeholders; these include the Ministry of Environment in Peru. 

EcoAdapt will participate in the GLF through a side event in alliance with the Swedish International Agricultural Network Initiative (SIANI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), Centre de Coopération pour la Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD), Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) and Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano (FFLA). This alliance aims to share the experience with opportunities to foster sustainability in such dynamic, multi-stakeholder landscapes. Moreover, this initiative fosters the project involvement with a number of international actors and other global initiatives engaged with forestry, agriculture, land use planning, human development, etc.

Moving targets: challenges and opportunities for sustainability in “frontier” landscapes is the theme of the session where EcoAdapt will participate in the GLF. It will take place on Sunday, December 7th from 16h00 to 17h00.

As a result of the participation in the GLF, communication outputs such as briefing notes post event will be produced. The first briefing note will contain key messages of the event and it will be disseminated on the second week of the COP XX. The second briefing note will be a formal document and it will be translated in three languages (English, Spanish, and Portuguese). Both documents will be constructed in coordination with all the partners of this initiative.  

 For more information, please see note attached. 

Event updates from Jujuy for the participatory prioritization and implementation stage, June 2014

posted 9 Jun 2014, 14:31 by Mary Coffman   [ updated 9 Jun 2014, 14:31 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco ]

In May the project began the next step in the participatory prioritization and implementation strategy stage for joint production and tourism development in the Basin. In this context, two meetings were held. The meeting with the production sector was held on Tuesday, May 13 in the of the Rural Extension Agency Perico-INTA, with the presence of tobacco, sugarcane and fruit and vegetable growers, representatives from the tobacco sector, education sector and government sector. The meeting with the tourism industry was held on Thursday May 15, 2014 in the Municipal Botanical Garden of the capital of Jujuy, with the attendance of industry representatives who analyzed and enriched the work proposals. During both meetings and prior to the participatory work, research on the water quality of the La Cienega dam was presented by Nelly Vargas - a biologist with the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences (UNJu). This research was completed this month.

Activities continued on Friday May 30, with the validation workshop of the results of the two aforementioned meetings, and the defining of the energizer projects for the year to come. Two actions, one related to irrigation efficiency and the other related to water care awareness were determined. Raffaele Vignola and Julian participated in this workshop, after previously working with members of the local technical team to define issues and actions for the Adaptation Strategies and FDM methodology plans.

On Tuesday May 27, journalists from San Salvador de Jujuy were invited in for a Working Breakfast to let them know the progress made by the EcoAdapt Project . They were also informed about upcoming activities. This was the second meeting with reporters organized by the BMJ and EcoAdapt. Raffaele took advantage of his visit to the region to talk to the media on the subject of climate change adaptation and to explain more fully about the work the project is doing in the three areas: Chiquitano, Bolivia; Jujuy, Argentina, and; Alto Malleco, Chile. Ralf Schillinger, the local EcoAdapt site coordinator, commented on the importance of the participation of the different actors who have been involved over the two years of the project. The attending journalists recorded notes to share with different media. As a follow up to these dissemination activities, both Ralf and Rafaelle participated, on 29 May, in the television program "Necesitamos Saber" which is carred on Channel 2 Tecnovisión, with coverage in the BMJ region.

EcoAdapt shares its experience at the Third International Conference on Science and Policy Resilience and Socio-Ecological Systems in Montpellier, France

posted 13 May 2014, 09:51 by Mary Coffman   [ updated 13 May 2014, 09:51 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco ]

2014 Resilience, Adaptation, Transformation and Development, an international conference that seeks dialogue between academia and the world of development, between scientists and practitioners, between science and arts.

From May 4 to 8, 2014 , the EcoAdapt team will be participating in the International Conference on Resilience 2014, in Montpellier, France. This event is organized by a number of institutions relevant to the topic of resilience; among these, the Center for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD for its acronym in French).

The concept of resilience (1), is understood as the ability to respond to changes without significantly altering the characteristics of structure and functionality  related to ecological dynamics and governance issues associated with specific resource systems (agro-ecosystems, fisheries, forests, grassland, marine and freshwater), ecosystems and global issues such as biodiversity conservation, urban growth, economic development, human security and welfare. This international conference aims to strengthen and explore the links between multiple experiences and views on resilience and development. The concepts of adaptation, transformation and development are central and common in various research communities, including the issue of resilience in social and ecological systems, ecological economics, environmental change and farming systems.

Beyond the academic sphere, the term resilience is increasingly used in the development community, in business and in public policy debates. The conference provides an opportunity to articulate and discuss specific paradigms, concepts, methodologies and various approaches and possible solutions related to this concept.

During this conference, the different perspectives on resilience will be presented through a series of meetings and workshops with the participation of representatives from government, international recognition, business and environmental development from different countries, trying to integrate the challenges facing social development today. It will address issues such as: development challenges from the point of view of resilience; commitments and synergies; analysis and promotion of change and transformation; knowledge and skills; development and resilience - what is it and for whom? ; and new methodologies and tools for resilience.

Meanwhile the EcoAdapt team, consisting of: Grégoire Leclerc, Raffaele Vignola, Tahía Devisscher and Abigail Fallot, will be presenting case studies related to commitments and synergies on the issue of mitigation and adaptation to climate change in land management development and empowerment of stakeholders, as well as lessons learned and challenges from community-based management from the experiences in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Panama. 

Similarly, the experience will be shared from the studies conducted under the EcoAdapt project on the analysis of socio-ecological dynamics, from the application of three complementary methods in the territory of the eastern basin in Bolivia. This space provides the opportunity to exchange knowledge and coordinate adaptation, transformation and development of the company from the current global change.

1 Walker, B., C. S. Holling, S. R. Carpenter, and A. Kinzig, (2004). Resilience, adaptability and transformability in social–ecological systems. Ecology and Society 9 (2). Disponible en:

For more information: 
Resilience 2014: 
Mariela Morales, Gerente del Proyecto EcoAdapt, CATIE: 
Susana Viteri - Técnica Iniciativa Estratégica Gobernanza del Agua, FFLA:

Shared EcoAdapt experiences informed participants at recent IAMFN workshop -March 2014

posted 28 Apr 2014, 15:16 by Mary Coffman   [ updated 28 Apr 2014, 15:19 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco ]

The EcoAdapt team recently participated in a workshop in Ecuador titled "Building sustainable territorial management: Experiences of the Model Forests in times of climate change." The main objective of this workshop was to socialize experiences in each of the Model Forests, in terms of strategies and actions, to find the balance between activities for production and the conservation of nature. 

The workshop was held under the framework of the Iber-American Model Forest Network (IAMFN) on March 20 and 21 in the Yunguilla Community Reserve located northwest of Quito, and was attended by over 50 representatives from Latin American, Caribbean and European countries.

The event was organized in thematic panels with presentations and spaces for questions and comments. From the experiences of the Model Forest participants, as well as from other forest conservation initiatives and sustainable productive activities, it was possible to reflect on topics such as implementing strategies, positioning and sustainability, common problems and limitations, and good practices and challenges to achieve the objectives.

Particular emphasis was placed on the importance of international agreements, the political will of the national governments in managing environmental agendas, and the knowledge and willingness of local authorities and key actors in the various territories to participate in these processes.

The presentations showed that the Model Forests do not have one recipe, but rather that each works based on its context, characteristics of the territory and of the actors involved. The result of such a focus is distinct, but also sometimes, complementary actions. As concrete examples, there was a presentation on the experience in Puerto Rico where, through science, culture and community action as well as participation with debates and advocacy at high levels, a law was created to prohibit open pit mining in the natural areas of the country. The community was also able to stop the construction of a gas pipeline called "Greenway" to cross the island. 

In another presentation, representatives from the Dominican Republic recounted the alliance between a mining company and public-private actors on the ground to implement the environmental and social management of the company, focusing on a coordinated effort, in which
appropriate negotiation processes are made sustainable over time. Governance was a central topic of discussion, referring to how agreements are reached and decisions made about the various resources, whether forest, water or agricultural/livestock-based, with a comprehensive and inclusive approach and assuming environmental commitments. A key element is the coordinated planning between the various territorial levels to achieve true articulation between national plans and the municipal level.

Seminar-Workshop "Climate Change Adaptation and Water for Local Development" BMAAM November 2013

posted 19 Jan 2014, 12:24 by Mary Coffman   [ updated 19 Jan 2014, 12:24 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco ]

An important seminar-workshop was held in the town of Caracautin, Chile where the topic was "How to ensure that water availability for local development is addressed in the short to medium term in a context of increased demand for water, decreased water from rainfall and snow and restrictive legislation for the use and access to water." The seminar - workshop was attended by approximately 45 people, including key stakeholders, APR committees, entrepreneurs, community leaders, representatives of indigenous communities and public and private institutions.

The presentation of the seminar-workshop was conducted by Washington Alvarado, Executive Director of Model Forest  High Malleco 
Araucaria (BMAAM) who examined the contextualization of the issue of water resources globally as well as the statement by the OECD to establish Chile as a key player to lead the theme of "Water Governance" in the region.

On the national level, he spoke about the role of the Directorate General of Waters (DGA) in the monitoring and reporting of progress on Water Governance, through three fundamental aspects:

• Decentralization of water management
• Transparency in reporting
• Effective participation of citizens

Part of the institutional Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 was unveiled in relation to water resources and climate change. The objectives of the seminar-workshop were presented by Raffaele Vignola (CATIE), who, in addition to responding to the challenge posed, sought to share the information that has been co-constructed; generated together with the actors of change and researchers (consultants). Finally, 
the workshop reflected on the challenges proposed and the results through workshops and panel discussions - the idea being to generate ideas to think about what to do for the future.

The sequence of meetings was organized according to the presentation of research studies and group work. Therefore, the seminar-workshop was organized in two blocks of morning and evening for approximately 3 ½ hours each. Thus, the block in the morning included the welcome and the presentation format and purpose of the Seminar -Workshop, generating a contextualization of the issue at the international and national level. Subsequently, the six presentations of studies were conducted, establishing two panels of reviews for every three study presentations, picking apart the perception of the general public through participatory spaces. After lunch, there was space for groups to share information, sharing flyers and other information, and finally, the Plenary, where people established their learning and thinking goals for the future.

At the conclusion, next steps were determined for access, management and use of water in the area, and attendees were invited to the next seminar-workshop that will be held in March/April 2014.

Communication Workshop with key actors in the Model Forests, November 2013

posted 19 Jan 2014, 12:08 by Mary Coffman   [ updated 19 Jan 2014, 12:08 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco ]

During the month of November, 2013 the EcoAdapt communication team (FFLA and CATIE) offered workshops on communication in each Model Forest. The objective was to prepare stakeholders to communicate effectively about the EcoAdapt project to local people. The workshops were divided into two stages. The first part, offered by Nuria Gamboa (CATIE) was based on theoretical and conceptual delivery and the issue of effective and efficient communication to facilitate the process of dialogue and information delivery. It also touched on the role of spokespersons and strategic use of key messages, as well as the possible results of an interview and attitude to situations posed by the interviewer. In the second part, a role play was performed, this time led by Pilar Maldonado (FFLA) where stakeholders could implement what they had learned through the simulation of an interview on a radio. The exercise allowed the stakeholders to play a more dynamic role in sharing EcoAdapt's information. 

Photos from the Communication Workshops in Model Forest Alto Malleco

Rural Drinking Water Committee Meeting Rio Blanco, Chile November 8, 2013

posted 19 Jan 2014, 11:55 by Mary Coffman   [ updated 19 Jan 2014, 11:55 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco ]

On November 8, 2013 a meeting of the Committee on Rural Drinking Water (APR ) of Rio Blanco was held. The purpose of the meeting was to inform on the efforts by the policy committee and the Model Forest Alto Malleco Araucaria ( AAMMF ) and area councilman, Fuad Chahín. Thus, with about 30 people present, the agenda began with a reminder of what the genesis of the project was: it began in 2006 based on a request by the Directorate of Hydraulic Works (DOH ) to establish an APR in the area. The initial project was to strengthen tourism.

Some lessons learned:
· The importance of knowing and enforcing the rights of access and use of information (Transparency Law in Chile) .
· The importance of people to organize, generate partnerships and coordinate with other actors of the territory and national level, and to use the mechanisms of communication and negotiation in resolving problems.
· The importance of people understanding the land policy framework known as the Water Code so as to be able to make correct and appropriate decisions for access to water availability .

SWAT Hydrological Modeling Course: CATIE, Costa Rica October 2013

posted 19 Jan 2014, 11:38 by Mary Coffman   [ updated 19 Jan 2014, 11:38 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco ]

In October 2013, under the EcoAdapt project framework, a SWAT Hydrologic Modeling Course was offered in CATIE for one participant from each of the Model Forests: Chiquitano, Alto Malleco, and Jujuy. The aim of the course was to train one person from each model forest in the whole process of the SWAT model in order to apply the methodology in each study area to have access to hydrological issue scenarios.

Ruth Anívarro, who is in charge of the Environmental Information System with the FCBC attended on behalf of BM Chiquitano.

Synthesis Workshops in each Model Forest present new challenges, April 2013

posted 19 Jan 2014, 10:39 by Mary Coffman   [ updated 19 Jan 2014, 10:39 by Marybell muñoz ajiaco ]

Synthesis workshops were carried out in each Model Forest during the month of April, 2013. The goal of these workshops was to update the teams, researchers and coordinators on progress on tasks 2.1, 2.2 . and 2.3. There was a lot of feedback in the form of  analysis, reflection and discussion of the results, which will enrich them and feed into the subsequent project activities. It was decided that much of the focus for the future should be on working more with local stakeholders through strengthening of the change agents groups. The workshop also offered an introduction to the concepts and methodology for deliverable 2.4, with special emphasis on the methodological tool PARDI. The synthesis workshops brought new challenges to each area to focus more on improving the management of water resources and also to continue involving the society to take preventive measures in the management of water resources through participation, ongoing consultation and decision-making with a sense of social responsibility.

Synthesis Workshop with Model Forest Chiquitano, Bolivia

Synthesis Workshop with Model Forest Jujuy, Argentina

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