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July 01, 2011

WiLDCOAST collaborates with Custodios de la Tierra National Project

Workshops to put to the test the National Training Strategy, North Region
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On June 16th, 17th and 18th, WiLDCOAST, in collaboration with Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) and the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN), undertook two workshops to put to the test the National Training Strategy of the CUSTODIOS DE LA TIERRA (Earth Guardians), North Region. In attendance were representatives from communities that sustainably use and manage their natural resources. The general objective of the initiative is to build a national training strategy of learning experiences of the CUSTODIOS DE LA TIERRA. The workshops assessed needs and local experiences around natural resources management and ecosystem services, fundraising strategies, legislation. The outcomes were strengthen training processes for environmental management in primary focus areas throughout Mexico

The National Strategy of CUSTODIOS DE LA TIERRA Learning Experiences corresponds to a team effort made by a group of civil organizations, academic and social institutions, in order to build an interaction and social participation environment, that gives dynamism to work, activities, programs and projects around wildlife conservation in Mexico.

The workshops took place simultaneously in Ensenada, Baja California and Guasave, Sinaloa. Community representatives came from San Quintín, San José de las Zorras, Juntas de Nejí, Ejido Gustavo Aubanel, Punta Abreojos, Bahía Asunción, Puerto San Carlos, Puerto López Mateos, San Ignacio Lagoon, La Estancia, Tacuitapa, Mesillas, Lázaro Cárdenas, Los Capomos and Basihuare in Chihuahua. Thanks to Information Technologies it was possible to connect these workshop participants in Ensenada and Guasave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The workshop activities were designed to build an inventory and assess learning and training experiences that community representatives have received in the past. The database includes information related with: a) attendees perceptions of the success, failure and relevance of the training received; b) strengths, abilities and expertise of  community representatives and c) environmental problems that could be an impact of the lack of training, information or knowledge. Along with the database building process, very interesting experiences took place among participants motivated by the desire to learn about other communities and to get training from one another.

For WiLDCOAST this workshop was one component of our efforts to build WiLDCOAST chapters in communities along the Baja California Peninsula coast. After some years of community outreach work, we have tightened relationships with fishermen and touristic service providers and other stakeholders. These groups wish to work actively to conserve their natural and cultural resources.

We are very happy with the success of bringing together important community leaders who are motivated by welfare for their families and communities, their natural resources and environment health. We are very grateful to the attendees for coming and sharing their training and life experiences. WiLDCOAST would also like to thank US Fish and Wildlife Service for making this experience possible.