Capacity building to ensure the ecosystem approach

Publié: 18 mars 2019
Dernière modification: 18 mars 2019

To improve local governance in the Sumpul River, it was crucial to mainstream the ecosystem approach into land management, and train accordingly water local governance structures, local authorities, and farmers. Together they implement EbA measures to face drought and variability such as: soil conservation practices, protected spring water and implemented agroforestry systems.


Capacity building was delivered to: 

  • >100 farmers through a "learning by doing" approach to attain demonstrative results in the field. The EbA measures implemented focused on the ecosystem services of water and soil, on productive diversification and on mitigating the impacts of climate change and variability (winds and extreme rainfall) on crops and goods and  improve water infiltration and availability in the area. 
  • Water Committes on organizational and management skills as well as on integral water management, in order to influence their understanding of the importance of water ecosystem services.
  • Leader and farmer women were trained on communication skills.
  • Municipal officers were part of a regional climate change adaptation training and exchange of experience with other 30 local governements of Mesoamerica. 


Communication et sensibilisation
Activités d'éducation, de formation et de renforcement des capacités
Cadre juridique et politique, plaidoyer en faveur des politiques
Moyens de subsistance durables
Échelle de la mise en œuvre
Phase de la solution
Documentation et dissémination des résultats
Phase d'évaluation

Facteurs de réussite

  • Synergies with existing projects and local organizations such as Plan Trifinio were crutial. 

Enseignements tirés

  • Exchanges of experience contribute to training processes and to motivate participants to take part in water governance, and recognize the learning value of actions that are carried out.
  • Ensuring the capacities of local organization is key to ensure the provision of water ecosystem services, and will always be a good investment.