Local Action Plan for Santa Maria River Watershed

One way to help meet the increased needs of the human population is through green infrastructure

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Initiative's representative name

Alberto Pascual Quiroz

Initiative's representative date of birth

May 7, 1978

Initiative's representative gender

  • Man

Headquarters location: country

  • Panama

Headquarters location: city

Panama City, Panama

Where are you making a difference?

Panama, Veraguas, Santa Fe Panama, Veraguas, Calobre Panama, Veraguas, Santiago Panama, Herrera. Parita

Website or social media url(s)

https://www.facebook.com/FundacionCoMunidad/ https://www.instagram.com/fundacioncomunidad/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/alberto-pascual-0319509a/

Date Started

November / 2017

Project Stage

  • Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan going forward)

Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?

  • €10k - €50k

Organization Type

  • Nonprofit/NGO

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.

In mid-2017 I was selected by the United Nations to develop a consultancy with Five Local Governments in Panama, the work was planned to manage a tool for disaster risk reduction, for this reason developed several meetings with the key actors of each of the Municipalities of which two of five municipalities were within the Santa María River Watershed, for that reason I began to reseach and know the whole context of this watershed and the importance at local, regional and global levels. One of the results generated by the consultation demonstrated by government institution, private sector, universities and civil society that the forestry issue in the Santa María River Basin is a priority to address.

2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Urban development disorganized that took place in the cities of the interior of the country. In the Santa Maria Watershed, They settled development poles, for this reason increasing the water demand for domestic, industrial and agricultural use. The scenario generates a strong pressure on the natural resources of the watershed, plus a lack of sustainable management of the upper, middle and lowers part of the watershed. This watershed provides water to more than 200,000 people in three province.

3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

The Forests regulate the Hydrological Cycle, guaranteeing the quantity of water for the people that live in the watershed and improve the water quality that forests naturally filter water and reduce sediment. We will thus address the problem of increased demand for dry season water. Specifically we will intervene in three areas 1) 2 Municipalities in Upper Part: Calobre and Santa Fe 2) 1 Municipality in Medium Part: Santiago 3) 1 Municipality in Low Part: Parita Within these four municipalities we will undertake three activities: Reforestation: Developing nurseries with native species and high absorption of CO2 Agroforestry: work with family farmers for more productive and more resilient requires a fundamental change in the form of management of land, water and soil nutrients to ensure that they are used more efficiently Silvopastoral: planting trees with livestock, resulting in the availability of an important local source of firewood, timber, fruits and fodder for livestock for the family farmers.

4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?

New Model: One way to help meet the increased needs of the human population is through green infrastructure with sustainable management of the upper, middle and lower part of the watershed, generating impact at micro, medium and macro scale. Increasing the environmental services that are provided in the watershed is directly linked to the greater quantity and quality of water because of the role played by the trees that are in the mountains of the upper part. Increase the agricultural and livestock productivity of small farmers through agroforestry and silvopastoral systems. It improves the resilience of the cities located in the watershed because the project activities are measures of adaptation and mitigation .

5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?

Local Action Plan for Santa Maria River Watershed is a project of Fundacion CoMunidad has a transdisciplinary, holistic approach and was jointly developed and integration of the Santa Maria River Watershed Committee, this group is made up of all governmental institutions working in the watershed, policy decision-makers, users of the watershed and representatives of local populations, the project has the validation of all key stakeholders. The Santa María River Basin Committee that is responsible for the environmental management and sustainable management of the resources of the river basin in accordance with that established in the Panamanian Law, the committee is made up of: 1. Ministry of Environment 2. Ministry of Agricultural Development 3. Ministry of Health 4. Ministry of Commerce and Industries 5. Panama Maritime Authority 6. Institute of National Aqueducts and Sewers 7. Ministry of Housing and Land Management 8. The Mayors of the Municipalities And three more

6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?

Local Action Plan for Santa Maria River Watershed is currently working with Cooperative The Hope of the Farmers, it's local group in Santa Fe, Veraguas founded in July 10, 1969 and they have 327 family farmers who produce coffee in the mountains. We started planting trees on farms of the 327 members of the coopartive: http://www.fao.org/mountain-partnership/news/news-detail/en/c/1203699/ The indicators and variables to measure the performance of the proposal: *Gender involved in the project *Number of trees planted in reforestation, agroforestry and silvopastoral *Number of family farmers participating in agroforestry and silvopastoral *Generate a publication about the environmental services provide by the Upper, Middle and Lower part of the Santa Maria River Watershed *Develop a Documentary on the Local Action Plan for Santa Maria River Watershed *Number of articles and notes in the printed and online media about the Project

7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?

The growth stategie of Local Action Plan for Santa Maria River Watershed is based in geographic spead because it addresses from mountain ecosystems where the river is born and find two protected areas the Santa Fe National Park and La Yeguada Forest Reserve, it is a priority to work in the buffer zone to reforest and increase the forest cover to regulate the water cycle and at the same time to work with family farmers in sustainable practices. In the middle part where the cities are located and trees in play a key role in reducing the risks of flooding, landslides and prevent soil erosion and in the lower part the cost and mangroves where of the National Park Sarigua, Cenegon Mangrove and the area of Multiple Use Swap Macanas.

8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?

With The Mountain Partnership is supported by a Secretariat which is hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Fundación CoMunidad, started the iniciative of The Mountain Partnership Products (MPP) initiative strengthens the resilience of mountain peoples, their economies and their ecosystems. It is a certification and labelling scheme based on environmentally and ethically sound value chain approaches, which promotes short, domestic value chains while ensuring transparency and trust between producers and consumers, fair compensation for the primary producers, conservation of agrobiodiversity and preservation of ancient techniques.

9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

Financial Sustainability plan: Currently the project is financed through the funds of Mountain Partership and the Italian Cooperation . Icome of coffee sale in supermarket chain in Panama that today has 9 branches in the interior of the country: Santiago, Chitre, Los Santos, Aguadulce and Penonome Global Best Practice Programme Shining a light on projects that are providing real solutions to the world's biggest challenges, in line with the globally-sourced Sustainable Development Goals, with a view to expanding them elsewhere. https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en/programmes/best-practice-programme

10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?

1.Alberto Pascual Founder and Director of Fundación CoMunidad M.Sc. Sustainable Development Full Time 2.Yariela Cedeño Coordinate Landscape Architec Full Time 3. Abdel Filos Film Producer Media Full Time 4. Wilmer Rodriguez Environmental Geographic Information System (GIS) Full Time

11. How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Search engine

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far


Yes, absolutely! - 25%

Yes/maybe - 50%

Maybe - 25%

Maybe/no - 0%

No - 0%


5 —Absolutely! It’s crystal clear how the solution is directly contributing to preserving and/or restoring biodiversity. - 25%

4—Yes, it establishes a clear connection to biodiversity. - 0%

3—Somewhat, the entry speaks to biodiversity but the direct impact is not well established and/or it is focused on a single species without considering its impact on the broader ecosystem - 50%

2—Not really, the connection to biodiversity is weak - 25%

1—No. The entry does not reference the solution’s impact on biodiversity. - 0%

3. 3) Is this entry IMPACTFUL?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 50%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

4. 4) Is this entry INNOVATIVE?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 25%

3- Maybe. - 50%

2- Probably not. - 25%

1- No. - 0%

5. 5) Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 50%

3- Maybe. - 50%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%


5 -Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think so. - 75%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

7. 7) Does this entry value COLLABORATION WITH OTHER STAKEHOLDERS in its approach?

5- Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4- Yes, I think ko. - 75%

3- Maybe. - 25%

2- Probably not. - 0%

1- No. - 0%

8. 8) FEEDBACK – Highlights

INNOVATION: You have a great understanding of the problem, have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions - 33.3%

IMPACT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 66.7%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: You have a thoughtful plan for growth and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 33.3%

VIABIBLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 66.7%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: You value thinking around how to activate changemakers and empower them to innovate through your product or programming - 33.3%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: You have a clearly defined plan on how to maximize shared value across multiple sectors and stakeholders - 100%

WRITING STYLE: Your writing style is concise, descriptive, clear, and specific - 33.3%

Other option - 0%

9. 9) FEEDBACK - Areas for Improvement

INNOVATION: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 100%

IMPACT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 33.3%

GROWTH & LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 33.3%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 33.3%

POTENTIAL TO CREATE SHARED VALUE: your plan can benefit from more thought on how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 66.7%

WRITING STYLE: Try to be more concise, descriptive, clear, and specific. Avoid jargon. - 100%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 33.3%

CHANGEMAKING ACTIVATION: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming - 0%

Other option - 0%

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