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  • Water and food security
  • Water for the environment
  • Water, climate change and risk management
  • Legislation and policies

Area description

Our objective is to promote water comprehensive management to have availability of fresh water resources and full access to drinking water. Our work is based on the right humans have to water resources, community irrigation and respect to the environment.
 
Our work focuses on the following areas: water use for domestic consumption and community irrigation, both linked to food security.
 
Objective
 
To contribute towards generation of knowledge, construction and implementation of a regulatory framework, enhancement of government bodies, technology, policies and participative and responsible planning, under the “water for life” principle, exercising the right humans have to drinking water and food sustainable production.
 
Action lines
 
Integrated water management
 
To achieve water comprehensive management, it is important that public institutions and social organizations strengthen their capacities on water basis comprehensive management, reducing vulnerability and drinking water/ irrigation community system risks.
 
Objective
 
To promote and strengthen institutions and social organizations capacities and processes towards a comprehensive management of water sheds.  
 
Water rights and institutional building
 
To establish water regulations and norms, we need to have public Institutions and social Organizations that address water management issues. For this, different by-laws need to be implemented to guarantee legal certainty, rights for use, access, availability, stability and fresh water resources quality.
 
Objective
 
Promote the establishment of regulations and institutions to warrant the “Water for Life” principle.
  
Knowledge revaluation and technological innovation
 
In order to apply the “water for life” concept, it is important that public institutions promote – in the population – the recovery of local knowledge and incorporation of socially appropriate technologies for water management. Therefore, policies, formal training and alternative education have to be implemented.
 
Objective
 
Implement social and technical capacity building processes, experiences exchange, and development of appropriate tools and technology.
 
Intervention models
 
In order to guarantee a timely and efficient implementation of water projects and programs, Public State Bodies need the participation of public, private and social organizations; all initiatives need to involve accountability measures as for community systems equipping and infrastructure.
 
Objective
 
Explore new intervention techniques with greater participation and social control.
 
Implemented and running projects
 
Arrange
Water Rights - Phase I and II 
Support on information dissemination, debate promotion and consolidation of the SENARI and SEDERIS 
Strengthening of civil society water management capacities in Cochabamba peri-urban areas. Phase I, II and III 
South Yaku. Strengthening of water Community Management 
Food security, fishing and aquaculture in the Bolivian Amazon - Fish for Life
Capacity building and the exercise of the rights of indigenous and impoverished peasants in Bolivia
 
 

 

Area description

Monitoring and research of environmental issues that have either a positive or negative link with fresh water resources, contributing to the development of management capacities and modeling of State public policies.
 
Objective
 
To generate knowledge, promote, contribute and implement sustainable water and environmental strategies and regulations, strengthening capacities of affected populations and promoting reformulation of public policies.
 
Action lines
 
                                                           Development of advocacy social capacities
 
Implemented trough the strengthening of social organizations; to achieve this, training processes, education on rights, roles and responsibilities are performed according the legal framework. Likewise, to influence in the elaboration of regulations, laws and policies, spaces for dialogs are promoted.
 
Objective
 
Strengthening of social organizations’ advocacy capacity; thus, guarantee the implementation of environmental by-laws and regulations.
 
Water polution
 
The development , promotion and use of acquired knowledge, by-laws, national and international regulatory bodies, as well as local strategies, socio-environmental control technologies, following a public-social alliance, allows prevention and sustainable management of impacts produced by contamination and fresh water sources exploitation.
 
Objective
 
To promote international agreements between social organizations and their States, for the benefit of populations located in transboundary basins; these agreements shall facilitate conflict resolution, social integration of populations and comprehensive management of fresh water resources.
 
 
 
Implemented and running projects
 
Concerted construction of democratic and legal and constitutional rules uses, rights and institutions regulating water resources and biodiversity
Arranged management of the Tupiza river Micro-basin, which promotes a better quality of water and life – ICCO Phase II. 
Management of transboundary basins, promoting Peace and collaboration – transboundary ICCO.
Food security in the Bolivian Amazon through optimized Aquaculture and Fisheries value chains. – PECES IDRC.
Towards Integrated Management of upper catchment area at the river Tupiza
Right to Water in Bolivia
 
Area description
 
Information and knowledge generation about vulnerability ad risks arising from weather variability and climate change, all linked to fresh water resources. This area works on the development of strategies and adaptation plans, prevention and advocacy for the addressing of socio-economic, cultural and environmental impact in water management of affected populations.
 
Objectives
 
Contribute towards climate change impact reduction in Bolivia, in a participative and sustainable manner, through planning and investment improvement for risk adaptation and prevention. This is done through development and research, influencing in State policies and enhancing the recognition of Human, economic, cultural and environmental Rights in harmony with Mother Earth.
 
Action lines
 
Research about vulnerability and climate change and variability risks
 
Objective
 
To develop participative research that would permit generation of information and new knowledge about variability and climate change impact in local communities; also search for adaptation and risk prevention solutions.
 
Planning and investment for adaptation 
 
Through the establishment of solid scientific basis, community activities are implemented to find better adaptation practices and risk prevention, which will respond to a local problematic. These can contribute with elements for the building of strategies and plans that would offer information to decision makers - on the more efficient and proper use of funding, to face weather variability and climate change - in different government levels.   
 
Implementation and design of pilot projects allow assessing performance, efficiency and learning of applied experiences.
 
Advocacy strategy development through public-social debate spaces at local, national and international levels
 
It is important to carry-out advocacy actions through public-social debate spaces, thus, move from research to development and proposal accompaniment, generating conditions for planning and public policies implementation, as well as decision making regarding weather variability and climate change impact in different areas. Following this line, knowledge dissemination is done to promote capacities development, both, at local and national levels as well as the strengthening of state bodies.
 
Advocacy actions also aim to influence the international debate on human rights and climate change through knowledge dissemination; thus, making visible climate change impacts in Bolivian Andean communities. 
 
Implemented and running projects
 
There are no specific projects; instead there is a comprehensive approach linked to a greater process with the respective objectives and action lines:
 
Coming Down the Mountain: Understanding the Vulnerability of Andean Communities to Hydro-climatologic Variability and Global Environmental Change 
Adaptation to Climate change in regions affected by Tropical Glacier’s melting in Bolivia 
Strengthening of Capacities and Developing of Adaptation Strategies facing Climate Change Phenomena in Communities of Bolivia’s Central Los Andes Real Cordillera
Adaptation to Climate Change in Bolivia’s Andean Communities dependent of Tropical Glaciers 
Strengthening Resilience Capacity facing Risks and Climate Trends in Indigenous Communities dependent of Tropical Glaciers in Bolivia
Logistics Implementation of the Rock Glaciers Research in Bolivia 
The wetlands as allies in the resilience and mitigation of climate change
Forming women leaders for adaptation and mitigation of climate change
Strengthening local investment plans and adaptation to climate change in the Bolivian Altiplano

Area description 

The Legislation and Policies area develops actions to promote and consolidate water rights access and use by working with competent authorities. This is achieved through the participative elaboration of proposals with water linked organizations and other social organizations.
 
These proposals result from in-depth research about water issues and possible impact, having debate spaces and proposals elaboration.
 
Objective
 
To promote the development of a legal-regulatory framework at national and local levels, guaranteeing the establishment of a management model for fresh water resources and environment. This, based on the right humans have to water, water and natural resources sustainable management;, and water & environment comprehensive management, having civil society participation for regulations development and application.
 
Action lines
Knowledge generation
 
To influence a legal-regulatory framework, knowledge has to be generated on fresh water resources and environment management models (regulations, institutional building, and public policies) at national and international levels.  In this manner, the basis for regulations will be settled.
 
Objective
 
To have real scientific and argumentative data to support the other actions lines.
 
Generation of regulatory proposals from the civil society
 
To have better water regulations, implies the construction of fresh water resources and environment management models with the participation of social organizations and under sustainable management and human rights approach.
 
Objective
 
To promote interaction between social players, development of their capacities and the exercise of their rights in different spheres of public life in an enforceable manner
 
Impact in public regulation
 
Advocacy actions play an important role in this area. Work is done, so water and environmental management proposals are incorporated into water and environment regulations and national public policies, being them used by different social players.
 
Objective
 
Foment the consolidation of submitted proposals so these are applied by different state bodies, broadening their benefit to the society as a whole. 
 
Implemented and running projects
 
There are no specific projects; instead there is a comprehensive approach linked to a greater process with the respective objectives and action lines:
 
Identifying the water social vision from The Andes
Trans-borderline basins agreed management: promoting peace and collaboration
Promotion of Bolivia’s indigenous rights through water agreed management of the Mauri – Desaguadero basin
Defending human rights of andean indigenous communities to climate change impact

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