Social mobilization is one of the thrusts of Cultivando Agua Boa/Cultivating Good Water program.
In this sense, the actions are carried out through various partnerships with public and private entities, local authorities, community associations, Ngos, cooperatives, among others …
Management of all activities of the program is a participatory model based on the formation of management committees, including representatives from partner organizations. Thus, each of these entities plays a leading role in projects.
Currently, Cultivando Agua Boa has more than 2,000 partnerships organized in the Management Committees, present in each of the 29 municipalities of the Parana Basin 3 (PB3).
The practice of this participatory model follows a process consisting of eight steps, using as a reference action the watershed, a planning unit defined by Nature itself.
1. Selection of the micro-watershed
Technicians, according to officials and local authorities define the micro-watershed that will be worked in the municipality, with priority streams that supply the city. From this first step, the work is done through dialogue with the community, through its local officials, clarifying the fundamental concepts and conservation of water resources.
2. Awareness of the Community
The second step in the process is to educate the local community on the importance and necessity of implementing the program. This step is very important to awaken the sense of co-responsibility, for motivating people to participate and to engage directly or indirectly in the actions. To this end, meetings are held between the coordination team Itaipu and authorities, local officials, and the community of the micro-basin. The Agua Boa Cultivando program is presented and the problems faced by the community are discussed, as well as corrective actions.
3. Training Management Committee
From these meetings are formed the Management Committees of the micro-basins. Each committee is composed of representatives from Itaipu and committed partners such as regional municipal, federal and in the region, cooperatives, companies, trade unions, social associations, universities, schools and farmers. Through periodic meetings, the Committee supports the actions of Cultivando Agua Boa in the municipality, while articulating with public agencies of the Executive, the Judiciary and environmental organizations implementing solutions, focusing on small farms .
4. Workshops of the Future
Workshops of the Future is a methodology created by ECOAR Institute, a non-profit ngo that works in environmental education. The idea of the workshop is to bring communities into groups of “active citizenship” which, through fun activities, learn to identify problems, develop a participatory diagnostic and get an action plan for the construction of “Agenda 21 of the wedge”, a specific schedule for the “corner” of territory. Cultivando Agua Boa is based on this methodology to develop this program step. Entire local community (children, youth, adults and elders) is invited to participate in this socio-environmental thinking.
This work involves three stages :
. Wailing Wall
Community assesses its relating conduct to the environment, especially towards the river, noting his claims and identifying damage and problems that must be solved.
. Tree of Hope
This time, each participant expresses his dreams, his aspirations now and for future generations, for a better world. Everyone must answer the question : “How would you like the area to be ? ”
. Way forward
After all this analysis, corrective actions are defined for the identified problems. The following discussion is launched : “What is urgently needed to save our river ? What is our part ? ”
All contribute with ideas and proposals. The community co-empowers in actions that will be executed by engaging in a new behavior based on the Ethics of Care and usability solidarity between human beings with each other and nature.
5. Review of Partnership
Before the start of operations, a new meeting is held to establish the balances on the participation and contribution of each partner involved in the case.
6. Water Pact
It comes time to sign a commitment to the community in the protection of water. During a festive celebration, the participants of the Workshops of the Future present the results of meetings, showing the true face of all the community : problems, concerns, commitments and priorities.
These informations are used to the Management Committee to choose the right solutions for the project. From this work, the Charter of the Water Pact is developed, a document in which community leaders and local authorities sign their commitment to sustainability. Agenda 21 “corner” is launched.
7. Signing of Agreements
Following the celebration of the Waters Pact, representatives of Itaipu, the mayor and other partners
sign agreements that will service planned actions, mainly with regard to investments and structures.
8. Future in the Present
The last step is actually a continuous accompanying corrective actions process planned for a micro-watershed. During and after the implementation of solutions to environmental liabilities, meetings are held with the community with the aim to awaken the consciousness of protecting and caring for one that has been rebuilt.
Through management committees, community supports and participates in decision-making, in a mutual aid for the continuous improvement of micro-basins process.