As the implementation of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) measures depends essentially on the alliance with local communities, the importance of building strong ties with individuals from the selected regions represents a key element that enriches not only the results of the project, but also the experience during its process.
Specifically speaking about the diagnostic experience of the project, during the consultation process carried out by Pronatura Mexico with the communities of the Valley of Mexico basin, it has been shown that the uniqueness of the work done by the people in the communities is directly related to their strong commitment to their values, people and nature. They have opened up to share their experiences with the lands they work and how climatic irregularities have been present in recent years, which is essential for the research phase of the project.
This has allowed the Pronatura Mexico team to immerse in the lives of these people and understand what they expect from the project, which facilitates an adequate response to their specific needs and a collaborative work process, not only in Mexico but in the four countries involved working simultaneously.
This is a project funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The project seeks to promote the implementation of Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) measures in top priority basins of Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic, by strengthening local communities’ capacities, developing governance mechanisms, managing key actors to generate additional financing, creating awareness of water-dependent sectors and impacting on public policies.
Contacts in Mexico
Oswaldo Flores Armillas / Project Coordinator in Mexico
Fernando Arzac / Regional Communication Coordinator
Vania Olmos Lau / Technical Liaison in Mexico
Saúl Bustamante Hernández / Technical Liaison in Mexico