1. Consultation and communication with local actors
In order for a smooth running of the project, consultation, cooperation and communication with and between local indigenous associations and farmer organizations were initiated to create a peaceful environment of confidence and deliberation.
2.Identification, systematization and implementation of best practices with adaptive potentialities
The best practices were identified and carried out in the area of the Rio las Piedras watershed in field workshops. In addition, from the analysis of the past 20 years of field work, additional best practices were identified, such as the Bartering System of Cauca. This practice was analysed with the aim of assessing its ability to strengthen individual and local economies and food sovereignty. Barter systems were identified as an autonomous practice for adaptation.
3. Participation in the analysis of vulnerability and in the formulation of plan for the adoption of adaptation measures
FAO participated in the methodological and conceptual formulation of the analysis of vulnerabilities jointly with other agencies. This analysis was then used to draw up the Plan for Adaptation as well as the actual adaptation measures needed.
4. Implementation of focalized, autonomous and territorial adaptation measures
In cooperation with other agencies, particularly with the UNDP, FAO developed adaptation strategies focalized in Food Security and Conservation; it strengthened local autonomous adaptation strategies such as Barter and local seed banks; it strongly supported the adoption of the public policy for food sovereignty, food security, nutrition and adaptation for the Purace municipality; and aided in the formulation of similar policy for the Popayan municipality. In this context, FAO participated in an inter-institutional project regarding the strengthening of production of quinoa along with 150 local producers.
5. Contribution to an approach focusing on watershed management in the context of climate change adaptation
FAO has supported the incorporation of a focus on climate change adaptation in the plan POMCH of the Rio Las Piedras as well as providing scientific support for the IDEAM. In addition, FAO suggested that the management of natural disasters due to climate change be mainstreamed within broader plans of sustainable development for the pilot region, with the participation of the UNDP, Fundacion Rio Piedras and the Indigenous Association Genaro Sanchez.