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

new logo. new path.

Dear reader,

Thank you for stoping by. If you are reading this is because I know you and you know me and about the work I’m doing in El Salvador. Most importantly, you know about the upcoming plans EMANA has for El Salvador this year 2022. And if you don’t think you know, then I want to tell you about these plans.

First, let me highlight the fact EMANA has a new logo. Special recognition to Ms. Alazne Echaniz for this beautiful and meaningful design. The logo contains the fundamental elements of EMANA: structure, nature, sustainability.

Our 2022 goal: To connect people across continents for initiatives that support sustainable development in El Salvador. Meaningful international relations are vehicles for the exchange of knowledge. Increasing the understanding of the challenges of sustainable development. We focus on Sustainability Science.

The 2022 plan: We have worked hard to build bridges with the Government of El Salvador in the area of sustainability science in the agricultural sector. We are working from an academic platform, but we will coordinate this plan from the EMANA platform. In other words, the organization will be open for non-academics and academics alike, but the core outputs will be science-based.

How is this going to work? EMANA will coordinate logistics for a team of sustainability professionals and practitioners to travel to El Salvador and engage on a 7-10 days program. The goal is to establish meaningful connections with local stakeholders of the agricultural/food sector and support the exchange of knowledge though a series of activities, including workshops, lectures, networking, and cultural events.

Our Salvadoran Partners:

The Salvadoran Agency for International Cooperation (ESCO)

The National School of Agriculture of El Salvador (ENA)

El Salvador 2022

EMANA Initiative is putting together a team, destination: El Salvador

In line with the themes of our previous trips to El Salvador, we are putting together a team with guys and girls who want to get to know El Salvador and share a bit of love along the way.

Sharing a bit of love means that you share some of your unique knowledge or experience through an educational activity that we organize in El Salvador. Like in previous trips, we like to engage with students and researchers at Salvadoran universities and facilitate spaces where local and foreign knowledge can be exchanged.

When?

At the moment, it looks like an ideal window would be in Spring 2022, late march – early april.

What is the plan?

A group of 6 – 10 people travel to San Salvador, El Salvador, and we stay there for 15 – 20 days (with a longer version available).

We spend the first 5 days in 2 coastal regions, Surf city (touristy) and a mangrove forest (less touristy). Here, we go head first into the rural life in El Salvador, focused on the social and ecological dynamics that support communities in the beautiful and stunning mangrove coastal forests.

The next 5 days we spend in San Salvador and nearby cities in Santa Ana or San Miguel. This period is focused on the engagement with Salvadoran youth in university campuses and social or government venues. The idea here is to organize lectures, panel discussions, forums where the traveling team can connect, share knowledge with the locals and vice-versa.

Evenings in the capital can include social activities organized by locals (like museum visits or traditional dinners) where we can bond with each other and with our hosts. We believe university campuses are places were the most radical and innovative ideas are born and thus we seek those connections with university students and researchers.

The final 5 days (in a 15 day scenario), we head to the moutain regions of El Salvador, namely in the department of Chalatenango, where we explore the highest point in El Salvador , the Pital peak. Here is an outdoor camping place with cool climate and where pines and prestine rivers flow.

Operationally, this period in the mountains will be used for intra-team bonding and creative brainstorming sessions. We hope to reflect on the experiences in El Salvador and how we, as EMANA, or with you, build on this experience and develop new projects that can be implemented in El Salvador, or elsewhere.

Stay tuned…

More and more details will be added to this page in the next couple of months, and aiming to have a complete travel plan before 1-Jan-22.

If you want to hear more about this trip, please leave your contact info in the google form below. I will reach out to those interested with updates.