Formalizando nuestra colaboración con El Salvador

Desde hace mucho tiempo hemos venido construyendo una alianza científica con diferentes instituciones relevantes en El Salvador, específicamente en la producción de conocimiento estratégico para la adaptación al cambio climático.

Recientemente, un equipo conformado por investigadores de la Universidad de Leiden, Paises Bajos, incluyendo la Dra. Suzanne Marselis, Dr. Achim Hagger, Dra. Antonella Maiello y el Dr. Jan Willem Erisman; en colaboración con Dr. Daniel Teodoro de la Universidad de Delft, Paises Bajos, fueron otorgados un premio semilla para desarrollar actividades colaborativas con partes interesadas en la transformación de la caficultura en El Salvador en el contexto del cambio climático.

El formato principal de este proyecto será una serie de talleres participativos en El Salvador en agosto 2022, adonde todos los stakeholders o partes interesadas serán bienvenidos a participar.

Objetivos:

  • participación inclusiva. Se busca identificar una red extensa de actores relevantes (gobierno, sociedad civil, industria, agricultores, etc.) en el sector del café en El Salvador. La idea es involucrar a diversos actores para extraer diferentes experiencias y prioridades de adaptación al cambio climático.
  • Intercambio de información y experiencias. En un formato participativo e inclusivo se busca intercambiar información científica y práctica sobre la caficultura en El Salvador para identificar los riesgos e incertidumbres que existen en el proceso de adaptación al cambio climático.
  • Identificación colectiva de estrategias de adaptación. En un formato participativo e inclusivo se busca identificar estrategias de adaptación al cambio climático y determinar los puntos de inflexión adonde ciertas estrategias no van a funcionar.

Finalmente, es importante recalcar que el éxito de esta primera fase depende de la amplia participación de partes interesadas y de la legitimación de esta colaboración por parte de las instituciones oficiales.

Para simplificar la comunicación con actores Salvadoreños, los eventos participativos que se realizaran en El Salvador en agosto 2022. Este evento busca facilitar la convocatoria de partes interesadas en El Salvador, sin una connotación estrictamente académica.

Organizadores y colaboradores:

  • Liveable Planet Program, Leiden University
  • Agencia Salvadorena para la Cooperacion Internacional, ESCO.
  • Escuela Nacional de Agricultura, ENA
  • Consejo Salvadoreno del Cafe, CSC

The Making of Summer School in Tasajera

One and a half years ago the Tasajera Summer School Project had its beginning; it started with an idea. Now that we find ourselves executing the project, I can only think of the phrase “making dreams come true.”

The reality of this dream is not only for us (the project directors), but it’s equally a dream come true to the 45 students who are currently learning Computers and English through this project. As you can see in the video update  below, the students are learning a lot already and have the desire to learn much more.

At the moment, only Suzy Marselis and I (Daniel) are teaching classes in Tasajera, but very soon the Spanish volunteers form the University of Alcala de Henares are arriving to lead Reading and Writing, Nursing, and Organic Gardening classes.

Cooperacion Diagrama

If asked how did we make this project happen, I would say there is no definite recipe for it. I can surely say, however, that everything depends on good networking and being open to collaborate with others.

Key actors in the organization of this event are: Pastor Aristides Arce, a community leader who facilitates our communication with the local school; Glenda Olmedo, one of the local school teachers who represents the school for our project; Suzanne Marselis, a Dutch PhD student that wrote the project proposal and raised funds; Edgar Hita, a Spanish director of cooperation in Central America from the UAH in Spain who facilitates Spanish volunteers to Tasajera Island.

In addition, there are countless people who helped this project start, from those who provided research to those who contributed financially, and even those who gave much needed moral support or wise advice. We are eternally grateful to all, but the people in Tasajera Island are truly grateful!

Education as a Path of Defense

Education as a Path of Defense:
Arming the world with knowledge
-by Suzy Marselis

Could there be a war that doesn’t know defeated man? A peaceful fight, in which we all would win? Should that not be the only war we fight?

Wars are fought today, all around the world. Wars with winners and losers, but in the end even the winners lose so many. How to fight a war, how to live a life, how to change the mindset of the fighters, to a mindset of a peaceful battle?

Awareness is the key; creating the consciousness in humanity, for what is happening all around us, that for which everyone closes their eyes. We all live on the same planet, and there is only one earth, only one place we can live. As humanity, we all want to feel good, we want to feel at peace, we want to feel loved and we want to live without fear. But all around us, people are sad, being scared of the future, of their neighbors, for a paycheck that did not come in. So naturally, we want to defend ourselves and in history we chose often do to so with weapons. Weapons are very effective in ruining the opponent. But what is left after a war fought with weapons? A degraded land, families
ripped apart, societies broken, and even the winners turn out to have suffered great losses.

It is time to shift the mind, for once and for always. History has already shown that there is one way of defense that is harmless and actually beneficial for all parties: Education. Education starts when a problem, that seems to be unsolvable, is faced by making the ignorant knowledgeable. In a time where globalization is as prevalent as today, it is increasingly important to work together to fight the inequalities in the world. Only when we join our forces, in all that we have learned from the
past, we will be able to prevent the same from happening in the future.

We have so many past experiences and there is so much data available about humankind as a whole, but still we fail to learn fully from these experiences. Remember; how the native Americans were killed by the Europeans? And remember that the same thing happened to the natives of Australia? And to the natives of Latin America? How can we have let lives and entire cultures be lost over and over again? Remember how humans cut down most natural forest in Western Europe? Remember how they did the same to North America? And yet the western world is blaming the
Africans and Asians for cutting down their forest? We have no right to blame them. The only right we have is to share our past experiences and teach those that are ignorant and uninformed, by helping each other instead of blaming each other, by sharing the planet instead of trying to take as much for ourselves as we can.

With the vast amount of information available and the current technological infrastructure, it is becoming increasingly easy to spread knowledge around the world. Access to information and education should be a global human right, so that awareness can be created through educating the people and mindsets can be shifted. With education, people can actually help people and humanity can fight the war to live in peace on a healthy planet in which everyone wins.