Improvement of gray-green water and grassland management infrastructure

Published: 27 June 2017
Last edited: 20 November 2019

In the infrastructure component, the following actions were carried out:

  • expanding the fenced area of the Yanacancha wetland,
  • repairing the Yanacancha water pipeline: Curiuna to Huaquis segment.
  • sectorization (by fencing) from Curiuna to Tuntinia,
  • repairing and constructing five watering places (Curiuna, Wayacaña, Pampalpa, Colulume and Tuntinia), and
  • constructing a “water cave” at the entrance to Huaquis.

As we implemented this component, the community contributed their labor through communal tasks. The community was also responsible for transferring construction materials to this remote area.


Education, training and other capacity development activities
Technical interventions and infrastructure
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution

Enabling factors

  • Trust and good relationships were developed between the project team and the community.
  • Open, respectful communication as a central component.
  • Local interest, participation by the NYCL Reserve managers and commitment and support from communal authorities.
  • Solid relationship and effective coordination between The Mountain Institute, the NYCL Reserve managers and the national authority for protected areas (SERNANP).

Lessons learned

  • During the planning phase, allocate sufficient time for critical activities such as working on infrastructure, monitoring impact, communications and systematization of results.
  • Local labor/ communal work for infrastructure development and/or maintenance might take more time than anticipated.
  • Seek commitment and support from local authorities and involve them in key decision-making processes. Build partnerships with local governments, to make the EbA measure more sustainable.
  • Present the EbA measure budget to the community and ask locals to contribute. Their contribution can be labor, expertise, equipment, materials and/or funds, etc.
  • Carefully analyze possible environmental and social impacts of the EbA measures and develop a strategy for mitigation and risk management.
  • Implement EbA measures with an adaptive management approach ("Not everything is done right from day 1"). In other words, plan to adapt as the project proceeds.