Institutions and Natural Resource Management in the Andes: Organizational Capacity and Social Capital in Four Ecuadorian Indigenous Secondary Level Organizations (SLOs) and in Colonization Communities in Nanegal Parish, Pichincha, Ecuador
Iowa State University
Funcacion Heifer, Ecuador; Terranueva, Ecuador; Instituto de Estudios Ecuatorianos, Ecuador; Grupo Yanapai, Peru; Quilcas, Junin, Peru
Jan L. Flora; Cornelia Flora
The overall purpose of this project is to increase the sustainability of Andean landscapes and lifescapes through improved natural resource management partnerships and decisions. The research assesses ways in which local communities empower themselves to bring about place-based development by strengthening organizational capacity and both bridging and bonding social capital.
1. Analyze the capacity of Cotacachi and other institutions to manage natural resources. 2. Develop Decision Support tools that encourage sustainable natural resource management (SNRM) strategies appropri- ate for different institutional levels and different institutional actors. 3. Disseminate SNRM Decision Support (DS) tools and publications to appropriate actors at appropriate levels throughout the Andes and beyond; train people to implement and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of DS tools. 4. Train NGOs and other interested parties in decision support analysis.