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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.
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