CPWF 2nd phase inception meeting for the Andes
The Challenge Program for Water and Food (CPWF) , a research initiative that represents the largest, most comprehensive investment in the world on water, food and environment research is now entering it’s second phase .This was launched officially after an inception workshop held at CIAT in March 2010.
The meeting was made up of project members who will cover three different objectives within the second phase which has been defined as “Benefit Sharing Mechanisms”.
The first lead by the Andes basin coordinator Miguel Saravia of the Consortium for Sustainable development of the Andean Ecoregion (CONDESAN) will lead the co-ordination of research activities.
The second lead by Marcela Quintero of CIAT is focused around assessing and anticipating the consequences of introducing benefit-sharing . This second section will be focusing on introducing actors within the basin on more effective methods for adaptive management in BSM design and planning as well as quantifying the consequences of BSM-driven changes in land and water management.
The third is made up of 3 research teams who will each be conducting different regional research activities regarding specific themes surrounding BSMs in the Andes. These themes are as follows:
- (A1a): On designing and implementing benefit-sharing mechanism
- (A1b):On designing and implementing benefit-sharing mechanisms in order to increase water productivity and alleviate rural poverty
- (A1c): Building collective action for water benefit sharing mechanisms in the Andes.
The inception workshop introduced project members into the variety of innovative planning, monitoring and evaluation tools that are used by the CPWF and also provided space to integrate research activities between the different groups that make up the project.
Groups were able to try such methods as the Outcome Logic Model- which entails project members and key stakeholders holding a participatory meeting in which the projects “logical frameworks” i.e. strategies needed to construct stakeholder and research networks as well as provide key information to donors are identified.
Much of the feedback in the meeting focused around initiating contact with policymakers and other actors within local environmental authorities in order to enhance their knowledge of BSMs. This would entail enhancing the institutional capacity (such as knowledge of resource valuations and long term accounting) required for implementing such schemes .
Other important potential alliances that were identified including private sector actors such as hydro-electric and aquaduct companies and also the academic sector.
Groups were also able to clearly construct and analyze plans on how their research activities will influence and change stakeholders behavior within watersheds and the strategies that would be needed to achieve those changes.
In attendance were Pamela George, CPWF program director and Larry Harrington CPWF Science/ Research director who were able to advise and provide feedback on each teams potential research activities.