SCAN accompanied Rainforest Alliance and the Mesa Técnica del Café y Cacao (Technical Bureau of Coffee and Cocoa) in the Cusco region in the Cambio Climático y cultivo de café Sostenible (Climate Change and Sustainable Coffee Cultivation) forum.
The meeting was held on January 28th in the city of Quillabamba (La Convención province – Cusco) and was attended by over 115 people, including local authorities, central government officials, members of cooperatives and the media.
The main challenge facing this region, once a national leader in coffee production, is stagnating productivity and the institutional crisis of representative organizations. The Technical Bureau is an effort to bring together local authorities and leaders, which Rainforest Alliance supports through its Sustainable Landscapes program.
The event focused on the scope and impact of COP 20 project activities in the Cusco region. Subsequently a working discussion of priority issues for the region was performed, and SCAN was commissioned to provide a synthesis of the five most important points:
- Implement forestation and agroforestry actions: improving the landscape, replenish the forest and teaching shade management for production. To do this, the species and action plans must be specified .
- Update the technical packages of the crops; these packages will develop tools and materials including sustainable management.
- Analyze the environmental agenda of local governments and their management capacity. A short-term challenge is to prevent forest fires and assess the impact of new lines of communication about landscape.
- Strengthen the capacity of communication and dissemination on these subjects. The challenge of bringing about change to authorities, organizations, producers and the general public. What messages should be prioritized? What are the desired results?
- Management and protection of water resources through the development of dams and the dissemination of techniques on improvement and conservation.