1. Integral management of watersheds and efficient use of water
PROMETA, works in the protection of surface and underground water sources involving the public sector, private sector and water users. Our work is carried out in the generation of capacities, the carrying out of technical studies, the implementation of projects to mitigate impacts and sensitization to the population and their authorities, in order to promote practices and policies that allow an integrated management of resources water resources.
In the last fifteen years we have effectively contributed to developing practical examples of efficient water use. At the same time, together with the local entities, we have been working on global policies and programs on the subject. Within the framework of this program, training activities have been developed for forest firefighters and a fire prevention system. Finally PROMETA provides advice to governors and municipal governments on this issue.
2. Support and creation of conservation units.
PROMETA, works on the creation and sustainability of conservation units in critical sites. Over 26 years it has contributed to the development of more than 21 national, departmental and local protected areas in 8 of Bolivia’s nine departments.
3. Conservation of threatened species
PROMETA, works on conservation initiatives for 4 threatened species in three Biogeographic regions of Bolivia; the Andean Guanaco (Lama guanicoe) and the Vicuña (Vicugna vicugna) in the Altiplano, the Chimera Quimilero (Catagonus wagneri) in the Chaco and the spectacled bear (tremarctos ornatus) in the Bolivian jungle Tucumana (Subandino).
Through studies, the presence of these species and an approximation of their state of conservation have been corroborated based on the official information of the Red Book of the vertebrate wild fauna of Bolivia. At the same time, we work on technical studies for the declaration of three municipal protected areas; two in the department of Potosí and one in the department of Tarija; In the dry Chaco region, the “El Corbalán” Nature Reserve is being used to declare a Peace Park between Bolivia and Paraguay in the territory where the Chaco War was fought in the 1930s.
In the past two years the work of the researcher Ximena Velez, in the framework of the joint work between the Chester Zoo and PROMETA, won the Whitley 2017 Award.
4. Adaptation and mitigation to climate change.
Prometa promotes measures aimed at: Reducing vulnerabilities to natural or anthropogenic threats, increasing the resilience of human groups, reducing the risk of disasters and minimizing their potential damage in articulation with local Decisions and Actors.
We have developed a methodology for assessing the vulnerability, threats and risks associated with climate change and for the preparation of climate change adaptation plans at the regional and local levels.
5. Livestock Camelida
PROMETA promotes the revaluation of the raising of camelid (llama and alpaca) livestock and the sustainable use of (vicuña) fiber in the highland region of southern Bolivia, as a strategy to diversify and increase the economic income of families, conservation of the native prairie, adaptation to climate change, and linking products and by-products of the Andean region with consumer markets.
It is supported by the construction of productive livestock infrastructure (water ponds, hay forage conservation, product and by-product transformation room, llama meat dehydrator); the transfer of technology for the sowing of fodder for the supplementary feeding of camelid cattle. It also supports the creation and strengthening of producer associations. In the last twelve years through this program, PROMETA, in partnership with the municipality and local communities, has managed to reintroduce a herd of approximately 14,000 specimens in the Tarijeño altiplano, helping to save the native prairie and raise the level of life of the community.
6. Economic enterprises
PROMETA promotes the implementation of agricultural, livestock and non-agricultural productive enterprises that are identified based on the productive potential of the intervention territories. These initiatives are led by young people and therefore have an effective impact on the inclusion of this age group of the population in local socio-economic development. For the implementation of these projects, a municipal model of incubator of rural economic initiatives has been developed, as a strategy for generating employment and self-employment.
7. Capacity building
PROMETA in partnership with technical training entities under the Ministry of Education of Bolivia, local and regional governments support technical training processes for young people through the creation and implementation of technical careers (High Andean Cattle, community tourism, community agriculture) whose participants receive a title in the auxiliary, basic and middle level. These careers are identified based on the productive vocations of the territories.
We support the development of training curricula, the implementation and evaluation of technical careers. It is important to emphasize that the training process is theoretical – practical, the theoretical classes (30%) are developed in classrooms; while practical classes (70%) are developed in plots, pens, and in native grazing fields.
8. Environment and health
Prometa assumed as institutional work policy the systemic (holistic) approach to address the interaction between human activities and the physical, chemical and biological environment in the southern highlands of Bolivia; This is how the High Andean Cattle (llamas, sheep, goats) and their interactions with natural resources (native water and grassland), human health and animal health were addressed.
This work is coordinated and accompanied by public and private academic entities and regional and local public entities that have competence in public health, animal health and environmental conservation.
9. Culture and Development
PROMETA promotes a development with cultural identity. We believe that the revaluation of our heritage is one of the fundamental bases of local development. This program seeks the generation of capacities of cultural actors and a greater awareness of the importance of the recovery, revaluation, conservation and promotion of cultural heritage from the local level.