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Bolivia now has better trained professionals for watershed management
- CATIE offered a diploma course on the subject, from which 16 women and 24 men graduated.
February 17, 2021. After six months, the training course for Azero and Guadalquivir Basin Managers in Bolivia was successfully concluded on February 12. This virtual training was provided by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and the Gabriel René Moreno Autonomous University (UAGRM, its Spanish acronym), together with the Vice-Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (VRHR, its Spanish acronym, its Spanish acronym), under the Ministry of Environment and Water (MMAyA, its Spanish acronym), and the support of GIZ.
The training cycle was aimed at achieving technical and social competencies in each of the participants, seeking to strengthen capacities, exchange and value experiences and, above all, to obtain short and medium-term collaborative alliances. Municipal technicians, representatives of different universities, leaders and authorities of the municipalities of the Azero and Guadalquivir basins participated in the workshop.
According to Fátima Baqueros, academic coordinator of the course, each of the participants, 16 women and 24 men, were selected for their leadership and active work in favor of watershed management and the management of their natural resources.
Jorge Faustino, CATIE's watershed expert, who served as advisor and professor of the diploma course, commented that it was important for Bolivia to train professionals in watershed management because strengthening management capacity opens up many opportunities to achieve impacts in the territories and their communities.
Astrid Michels, coordinator of GIZ's PROCUENCA Project, gave the opening remarks at the diploma course's closing event, as did Juan Carlos Ortega, from the VRHR.
Due to the success of the course, the Juan Misael Saracho Autonomous University of Tarija announced the approval of the proposal to replicate the training, with the support of CATIE and other institutions.
CATIE Representative in Bolivia
Karla Salazar Leiva
Tecnología de Información y Comunicación