January 2008. Monitoring of the Climate Change Trainers Project.
Gaia Pacha worked with the NGO ENERGETICA, monitoring learning perception advancement in different Cochabamba educational institutions.
28 high schools were evaluated and monitored re climate change.
February 2008. Elaboration of Environmental Curriculum at the intermediate level of SOS Children´s Villages.
At SOS request, Gaia Pacha devised an environmental curriculum in Tourism, Computer Programming and Dairy Product production.
Entrepreneur Education Program is an initiative of SOS with its Technical Training Centre and Tiquipaya Municipality.
March 2008. Alternative Energies Project
Eva Laurelli and Bosse Blideman, from Sweden, have proposed a study about the situation of conventional energy and alternative energies in Bolivia, with the possibility of implementing Swedish solar technology.
The first phase of the study concentrated on the following points
- Energy policy in Bolivia
- Domestic energy consumption
- Electricity access and alternative energies
- Businesses and institutions in solar energy sector
In addition to this analysis, a second study was approved, which resulted in:
- Designing and applying a tool that allows for the introduction of new solar energy technologies, beginning with the exchange of knowledge.
The study will identify three communities in Cochabamba with the capacity to use solar technology that is intended to address unmet needs for cooking, heating and water supply.
March 2008. Environmental Education for technical courses at the intermediate level in Tourism and Computer Science.
The Entrepreneur Education Program, an SOS initiative with its Technical Training Centre, and the Tiquipaya Municipality, started its youth training with three technical level courses in the first semester of 2008: Computer Programming, Dairy Product Preparation, and community ecotourism promotion, with a total of 71 students
Gaia Pacha´s contribution was providing the content and development of the environmental courses. This content was based on FBC (competence-bsed training), in accordance with each career.
The document consists of competence units and elements, and the content, or microcurricula. In addition, evaluation methods were developed for each.
SIMÓN I. PATIÑO UNIVERSITY - USIP (Spanish Acronym, trans.)
is a point of convergence for the hopes, expectations and actions of ex-fellows of Simon I. Patiño Foundation, professionals and academics with prestige and experience in the environmental field, that seeks the creation of a true educational institution capable of generating real and significant changes in our society.
ARMONIA Civil Association/Bird Life International
is a non-profit Bolivian organization dedicated to the conservation of birds and their natural habitat in Bolivia.
Friends of the Earth Sweden Visit
The activities of Gaia Pacha Foundation include an international exchange with Earth Sweden. As part of this exchange, we undertook a trip to Sweden, in which we attended meetings and received training from different institutions linked to environmental education, alternative energies and conservation. Likewise, after our visit, a Swedish delegation travelled to Cochabamba. During this second visit, we met with several institutions that Gaia Pacha Foundation has worked with in the past or is currently working with, so that the group could better understand the work of our Gaia Pacha Foundation in Bolivia. Additionally, we saw the possibility of obtaining this or other Swedish institutions support for various foundation projects.
March 2008. Curricular Structure of the Technical Medium Level Agroecology Course.
In year 2008 Gaia Pacha undertook an analysis of professional requirements, a career choice selection in accordance with public goals, and an Agro-ecology Career Study Plan entailing all technical pedagogic components that this level requires.
The document contains the following components:
- Career justification, which emphasizes social, technological and academic aspects.
- Academic level, which contains career objectives
- Professional profile, considered essential
May 2008. "Evaluating our Residues" Workshop.
Following Gaia Pacha´s Environmental Education mandate, programs were initiated in several primary schools and secondary schools
Training sessions in environmental awareness were facilitated for three days with 150 young students of the " Padre Romeo Rigon" Education Unit in Mizque Municipality. These sessions focussed on solid residues efficient management.
May 2008 Environmental understanding and education project
The Education Program is an environmental initiative of SOS Bolivia Childrens Villages Business Education and Gaia Pacha Foundation. This space is designed to promote activities aimed at sustainable development and awareness-raising among visitors. The Environmental Education Program intends to coordinate activities for students, producers, consumers and civil society. The first phase, however, is focused on elementary school students.
Activities in the first phase emphasize the application of environmental education at a practical level, the basic principles of agro ecology, the practice of ecotourism and the importance of alternative technologies.
Goals of Environment Module are:
- Conduct visitors towards sustained behaviour changes in their home environment,
- educate visitors about environmentally important concepts related to sustainable development,
- encourage visitors to use alternative practices in their everyday lives, and
- develop environmental and social responsibility.
The Environmental Education Program intends for visitors to learn, understand and apply the knowledge necessary for environment protection. Hence, among the activities are:
- Educational trail walks
Presentations about environmental topics, such as:
- The water cycle
- Waste management
- Alternative energy
- Agro-ecological production
- Ecological construction.
- Auxiliary education space for young people and children.
June 2008 Sustainability analysis of organic Uyuni Quinoa production
In order to enhance organic quinoa production, the areas under cultivation have been expanded, forcing the population to mechanize part of their agricultural work. Likewise, fallow periods have been reduced, limiting natural regeneration and decreasing soils fertility. Furthermore, there are not enough soil conservation practices that encourage ecosystem balance, resulting in gradual agro-ecosystem degradation, which can, in the long term, affect producer families income and weaken the concept of organic agriculture.
Setting aside ecological concerns, there are also risks to economic and socio-cultural sustainability. In this sense, Gaia Pacha Foundation believes it is necessary to execute a comprehensive pilot study of the economic, socio-cultural and ecological sustainability of organic quinoa production. This study will create the conditions for short, medium and long term decision-making in the South Altiplano Region. Additionally, a successful pilot experience will make it possible to formulate a study that spans and benefits the entire quinoa-producing region of Bolivia. The study has been made possible thanks to IMO Control Latinoamérica, AUTAPO Foundation and CECAOT
June 2008 "Knowledge that germinates" Climate Change Project.
With COSUDE support, Gaia Pacha Foundation executed the project Knowledge that germinates: local biodiversity management. The objective of this project is to identify, record, and disseminate methods of adapting to Climate Change that rural communities and indigenous peoples in Bolivia are developing as part of their local processes of biodiversity management.
Human development depends on local climatic conditions and resource availability. Bolivia harbours a wide diversity of eco-regions, in which diverse socio-economic and productive activities take place. In rural areas, these activities are closely linked to natural resource management and, therefore, to local biodiversity management. In this sense, the diversity of cultures that inhabit national territory and that regularly take advantage of and conserve biodiversity constitute a source of diverse responses to the effects of Climate Change principally, in terms of biodiversity and its management for purposes of health and food security.
August 2008 INS-Pro
INS-Pro, a part of H. Municipal Youth House, contacted Gaia Pacha Foundation to lead an environmental workshop.
The main objective was to give a training session to young professionals about the basic and essential concepts of environmentalism and the environmental management of firms in Bolivia.
The workshop content was divided into three parts:
- General environmental concepts and an Environmental Management System
- Bolivian Law ISO 14000
- RASIM - RAI
The expositions were complemented by group activities that were focused on explaining environmental management processes in on a day-to-day basis and the procedure for completing a RAI (Industrial Environmental Register). 25 professionals were trained.