Asociaci?n Ati't Ala' commits to developing a comprehensive program that will address two main issues. The first issue addresses the development of income generation strategies for poverty alleviation. The second issue addresses building the community resilience and adaptation in the human-ecological system of the watershed when facing concrete challenges posed by climate change. The novelty of the commitment focuses on the active research of traditional Mayan knowledge capable of offering competitive and adaptive advantages, its systematizing and possibility to be blended with high-tech options, enabling technological syncretism. Specifically, the program will engage in raising awareness about climate change, risk analysis, and vulnerability issues at the community level, offering a path for finding common solutions and therefore building local capacity for response and action.
To address issues of economic vulnerability, the program seeks to implement a minimum of 20 grass-roots businesses in agro-forestry, tourism, and handicrafts that focus on the principles of valuation of environmental services, providing a minimum of 1,000 jobs. These businesses directly serve as incentives for engaging in the risk reduction programs for managing the watershed, which include transference of technology in soil recuperation, organic agricultural production, sustainable use of the forestry systems, and recuperation with native species resilient to climatic events, among others. While the program commits to generate local wealth at the family level, it will develop the condition of adaptive resilience at the community level through strengthening social networks.
This commitment builds on a grass-roots platform that has been developed by Asociaci?n Ati't Ala' in alliance with other partners in the past five years; however, it is different because it utilizes a complex system analysis approach that takes a look at the whole rather than the parts. The most innovative aspect of the program is the challenge to put into practice the aspects of technological syncretism for building adaptive resilience, terms proposed by Ati't Ala' for the Latin American development context. Rather than focusing solely on sustainability, efforts are made to build capacity for overcoming future challenges, or put in another way, to install local capacity to respond, adapt and recuperate social productive systems and ecosystems when facing adversity. Seed-capital and technical assistance will be destined to materialize plans developed by the communities in a way to facilitate replication by local entrepreneurs. Furthermore, the work adds new value that has never before been implemented in the area: facilitating mechanisms for local payment of environmental services, such as carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation, or water provision.
SEEKING: financial resources, media and marketing assistance. Looking also to receive specialized professionals in a series of fields (GIS modeling, specialized market strategies, etc.).
OFFERING: implementing partners, best practices information.