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Social inclusion of indigenous and rural communities for successful climate change policies and climate change adaptation
Saturday, 6. November 2021, 14:00 - 15:15
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6 November from 14:00  to 15:00 (Glasgow time UTC) 

Organisers and contacts

  • French Development Agency (AFD): Marjorie Michel - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - +33675669735
  • Co-organisers:
  • Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECID): Juan Enrique García - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - +506 60554287
  • Alexander von Humboldt Centre (Nicaragua): Engineer Victor Manuel Campos Cuba: Executive Director Alexander von Humboldt Centre - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - +0050588551173

Objective of the event

Promote an exchange between experts and beneficiaries from two Latin American regions, the Andean region and the Central American region, on the importance of social inclusion in climate change adaptation, increasing community resilience, and participation in decision-making spaces.

The idea is to change the paradigm and turn these communities into agents of change and stewards of ecosystems and their services, so that they become a driver in the fight against climate change.

To achieve this, we propose articulating the session around a key question: 

How can rural communities improve their resilience to the impacts of climate change and increase their participation in decision-making spaces to take action and mobilise the necessary resources?


Presentation of the event, panellists, objectives, and dynamics: Moderator (5 min)

The moderator will introduce the title of the event and its objectives, together with a very brief introduction of the participants.

Presentation of the issue raised: Moderator (5min)

An expert from the AFD Andean Regional Directorate will present the key question and the underlying concepts to set the framework for the analysis of the session and the expected outcomes (intervention methodology, community monitoring, conflict resolution, conservation/restoration actions, etc.).

Project Water for Abancay EC+ (Peru): 10 min

Rural communities contribute to intensive land use through unsustainable practices to improve precarious living conditions, and to some extent to supply neighbouring urban centres (extensive agro-pastoral practices, logging for energy, etc.). Thus, they are doubly victimised, left out of the economic system and, at the same time, contributing to the further degradation of their own environment on which they are directly dependent.

Results: through a community monitoring system, renewed plant cover cared for by the communities themselves allows for better infiltration, less runoff and erosion, to favour access to water resources in the dry season, improve the quality of water resources in the wet season and reduce the risk of flooding.

Project Pachayatiña Pachayachay (Bolivia – Peru): 10 min

For the Pachayatiña Pachayachay project, social inclusion based on the principle of "leaving no one behind" as defined in the 2030 Agenda, a premise that incorporates gender and intercultural approaches to reduce existing gaps in risk management processes in both the Bolivian and Peruvian highlands. By respecting socio-cultural belonging, as well as the ancestral knowledge and practices of indigenous women (Aymara and Quechua) in relation to weather and climate, gaps that limit social cohesion are reduced. Likewise, the intercultural approach builds institutional and local governance in risk management, recognising the richness of diversity (Aymara and Quechua) in uses and customs, forms of organisation and decision-making.

This project aims to strengthen resilience, particularly of vulnerable populations, to man-made and natural disasters by ensuring that citizens, communities, institution,s and countries can better prepare for, withstand, adapt to and recover quickly from stresses and shocks, without jeopardising long-term development prospects.

Humboldt Centre projects (Central America - Nicaragua): 10 min

Community Climate Observation Network in Central America: A successful tool for adaptation and local decision making

Since 2009, the Vulnerable Central America Forum, a civil society grouping, has been carrying the voice of the territories most vulnerable to climate change in the region to the COP. The group is made up of more than 200 organisations including NGOs, universities, national networks and members of the Community Climate Observation Network present in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

With more than 200 stations located throughout the region, the Network carries out climate monitoring work, intervenes in early warning systems and participates in community capacity building by offering support to small producers or actors in charge of ecosystem monitoring. At the local level, the ROCC contributes to better local decision-making and advocacy for climate change adaptation.

The objective is to present the network, its scope and explain how it contributes to disseminating positions identified from the communities participating in a just transition.

Introductory video on the FCV + four parties:

1- Presentation of the Network, its genesis, its methodology and its role within the Vulnerable Central America Forum (FCV).

2- Presentation of Climate Watch Case in Nicaragua and Honduras

3- Presentation of ecosystem supervision in El Salvador. It will include the presentation of a video with a message and examples from the community (eventually participation from a territory).

4- Contribution of the ROCC in advocacy processes from the local to the global: highlighting the role in the implementation of adaptation solutions, the generation of information and the generation of proposals, explaining the feedback mechanism to communities, the challenges for generating change and the timeliness of such participation for sustainable change and a just transition to new models of empowerment for poverty eradication.

Joint reflection, with testimonials of beneficiaries (20 min)

Questions are prepared in advance of the session to guide the beneficiaries' testimonies in relation to the project presentations. One direct question will be asked to each of the three panellists, representing one beneficiary from each project.

Joint reflection, with testimonials of beneficiaries (10 min)

In this last part, there will be a space for exchange, comments, questions and answers to the panellists and/or beneficiaries, if available, and the public at the event in-person or virtually. This final part will have a conversational format.






Moderator of the event: Vincent MERME

In charge of Euroclima+ projects for the AFD in the risk management and urban water components.

Hydroconseil (AT AFD for EC+)



Water and Sanitation Expert for the Andean Regional Directorate of the AFD in Bogotá

French Development Agency 



Project coordinator, Water for Abancay, Peru

Helvetas Peru


Victor Campos

Executive Director

Alexander von Humboldt Centre


Dennis Funes

Resident Representative

UNEP Bolivia


Rigliana Portugal

Specialist in Knowledge Management and Communication

ONG Helvetas (Bolivia)


Ana Condori

President of the Municipal Council Autonomous Government of Calacoto



Grover Mamani

Coordinator of the project Pachayatiña Pachayachay

Helvetas Bolivia


Isabel Gomez, 


Acora District, Peru.


Betty Chuqui Callata


Taraco District, Peru





Speaker / panellist / facilitator / other


Presentation of the event, panellists, objectives, and dynamics (5min)

Moderation by Vincent MERME, Hydroconseil AT AFD EC+


Presentation of the issue raised (5min)

Facilitation to be confirmed (Sylvain LEFEBVRE AFD)


AFD project presentation (10min)



AECID project presentation (10min)



Von Humboldt Centre Project presentation (10min)



Testimonials of beneficiaries (20min)



Space for questions (10min)

Moderation by Vincent MERME, Questions from the audience (chat?)


Conclusions and closing

Moderation by Vincent MERME

View presentations and videos:

Team in charge of communication and attention to the press

  • Hydroconseil communication team for AFD, Camila Granados This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and  Sandra Cardona This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Guiby Vargas, AECID Costa Rica Communication Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  • Communication team of the Von Humboldt Centre, Nicaragua

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