Implementation Approach: Virtual Actions after planning and engagement– Due to Covid

Published: 22 November 2021
Last edited: 22 November 2021

In the period at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020, together with the Community Association, dialogues began to plan the implementation of the EbA proposal. The suggestions of residents, city hall technicians and the GIZ team were observed. However, in February and March 2020 there were torrential rains (extreme events) that caused landslides on Monte Serrat and other hills in the municipality, causing death in some of them and destruction of homes, making it impossible to continue the work.

 

While the community was recovering and restructuring, the COVID pandemic began and, with that, the cancellation of all the activities of the actors involved. During this period, the community also remained united, seeking to minimize the damage caused by job losses and illnesses caused by the pandemic.

 

In the brief period between the end of the rains and the beginning of the pandemic, the city's technicians started to recover the slopes of some hills by planting native species according to the EbA methodology learned. However, the pandemic prevented the continuation of all work on Monte Serrat and on the other hills.

 

After adapting to the new pandemic scenario, during 2020 and 2021 virtual meetings were held in order to monitor the situation of the community, to resume activities and plan the Communication project.

Classifications

Category
Alliance and partnership development
Education, training and other capacity development activities
Management planning
Scale of implementation
Local
Subnational
Phase of solution
Inception phase

Enabling factors

  • Strengthening the representative organization of residents through dialogue promoted by the City Hall and supported by ProAdapta;
  • Before the COVID pandemic, face-to-face training carried out with city hall technicians by the ProAdapta team;
  • The importance of virtual and face-to-face interaction with community leaders (Association of Residents) to maintain contact with the community.

Lessons learned

  • The strengthening of the Residents' Association is fundamental for the agility and efficiency of the community in responding to extreme events and the pandemic;
  • Maintaining contact with the community through the Residents' Association made it possible to know and understand what the community was going through and how to interact with it;
  • The respect and mutual trust acquired during the construction of the EbA proposal, before the extreme events and the COVID pandemic, made it possible to resume and adapt the project in the form of communication actions for the community and for the other hills of the municipality;
  • The training of technicians from the city hall made it possible to incorporate EbA principles into actions on other hills after extreme events;
  • The reframing of collective spaces within the community, with emphasis on the use to implement EbA measures;
  • The lack of nurseries for seedlings of native species and a pre-established model for the restoration of native forest areas and environmental services makes it difficult to acquire adequate species for the implementation of the EbA proposal.

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