February 2007. Efficient solid residues management and decrease Program ECO FERIA, Phase I.
Another project of the Environmental Education Program was developed with AGRECOL Andes Foundation: developing an educational process about solid residues produced by daily consumption. This was addressed to fourth grade students and ECO FERIA exponents and consumers, and fulfilled the following objectives:
- Educate fourth grade students and ECO FERIA participants and consumers re the importance and management alternatives of solid residues produced by consumption
- Motivate people to reduce and eliminate the use of plastic bags
- Encourage the classification, re-use and recycling of plastic, paper and glass
- Teach 4th grade children about the organic residues process and organic school gardens.
Different activities were developed in order to attain these objectives: design, issue and publication of materials for increasing awareness, as well as printed material for ECO FERIA distribution. The sessions were designed with environmental engineering students of the Bolivian Catholic University, thus benefiting 400 people directly, and more indirectly.
July 2007. Elaboration and Implementation of Healthy and Sure Spaces, in Districts 6, 7 and 14 of Cercado
August 2007. An Inconvenient Truth Documentary Presentation.
In accordance with Foundation objectives and its Environmental Education Program, we presented Albert Gores documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, which argues that global warming is real and produced by human activity over a period of time, an argument supported by current research.
This presentation was made possible by Simon I. Patio University, where it was shown.
September 2007. Development of International Workshop on environmental services compensation in the context of river basins.
The results achieved by the Integrated River Basins Management Program PROMIC would be incomplete without an evaluation by the local population. Thus, Gaia Pacha members were selected to develop an environmental awareness campaign in Cercado and Tiquipaya municipalities, which emphasizes river basin conservation and the value of Tunari Cordillera River Basins Environmental Services.
It was decided to work with Tiquipaya's 3rd and 4th secondary grade students to carry out the education strategy in secondary schools, families and communities. At Cercado, the universities were the focus, as well as fairs, in order to encompass a wide sector of the population.
The work proceeded as follows:
- Training workshop for support work team (facilitators).
- Environmental awareness workshops for 10 public Tiquipaya 3rd and 4th year secondary students
- Environmental awareness spaces for neighbourhood institutions and other Tiquipaya associations.
- Organization of seminars at universities in Cercado municipality.
Formal education methods for youth were mainly used, based on Kolb's model (1984), which involve active experience, reflection, conceptualization and practice.
The following results were obtained:
- 747 students from 8 Tiquipaya secondary schools were trained.
- 16 neighbourhood organization (OTB's) participants belonging to District 4 (Khora Tiquipaya and Chukutawa torrents ravine area).
- 62 UCB students participated in the Deep Valley Management Seminar (MIC).
- Participation in two fairs planned by GIRS from Tiquipaya Municipal office and by AGRECOL.
September 2007. Endemic Birds Conservation Conference.
This conference was sponsored by Gaia Pacha Foundation and Harmony Civil Association, and given logistical support by the Bolivian Catholic University.
The event was addressed to professionals and students from different institutions; the main theme was endemic bird conservation, which a Spanish expert spoke to 60 people about.
November 2007. Adequate Solid Residues Management Workshop Hands On, to Understand"
Alternative Environmental Education for people with special abilities is an important component of Gaia Pacha's work. Therefore, a workshop was designed for blind persons, thanks to support from Padres Amigos and Manuela Gandarillas Rehabilitation Centre.
This workshop consisted of environmental awareness sessions in a different manner, so that the participants could comprehend the theory in an entirely practical way. 20 people learned about management and disposal of final solid residues.