Strengthening local capacities and knowledge

The main goal of the capacity building and local knowledge component was to provide technical knowledge for managing and conserving water, natural pastures, and livestock. Our focus was on informing community members and park rangers through evaluation workshops and training sessions on topics such as pasture fencing, water management and water distribution. A 3-D model of the Miraflores community was developed in a participatory way to facilitate planning for managing pastures and water in the communal territory. Information was gathered during participatory rural appraisals. These appraisals include specific studies focused on water, pastures, archeology, social organization, agricultural and livestock productivity.

  • Use of communication tools to increase local awareness and understanding of the project
  • Local, traditional knowledge and dialogue with outside experts: local participation and positive interactions between locals and external experts have led to effective communications between them
  • Participatory approach and participatory action-research methodology
  • Local researchers served as a bridge between the project and the whole community
  • It is essential that the field team be trained in applying the participatory approach, using participatory tools and facilitating collective learning.
  • Diversifying work with local partners - combining workshops with other methods, practical tools and field work ("learning by doing").
  • Develop activities that involve women, youth and other groups within the community.
  • Maintain a high level of presence in the field and share the day-to-day work with the community.
  • Provide more practical training during fieldwork.
  • Communication strategies helped disseminate the project’s ongoing achievements and progress. These updates were well received and had good impact. Examples are the participatory videos and the "Night of Art” theater.