Adelante: triangular cooperation to strengthen the fight of rural populations against climate change in Mexico and Argentina

AVSI is one of the members of the triangular cooperation action promoted by the European Union to create an environmental education model for young people and women of indigenous communities in Mexico and Argentina, a path of training and knowledge exchange to improve water management with a focus on local development and sustainability.

The Adelante project

The solutions to the current challenges in the field of sustainable development cannot be – only – local. Therefore, the European Union promotes Adelante, a triangular cooperation initiative that makes it possible to mobilize, access to and share techniques, skills and investments involving different countries and actors.

AVSI is part of a group made up of 5 Italian, Mexican and Argentinian enterprises, that will work together on environmental education from September 2022 to March 2023.

This Alliance consists in the Fundación León, the Secretariat for International Relations of the Government of the Argentinian Province of Tucumán, AVSI México A.C., AVSI Foundation and the University of Bologna.

Cooperazione triangolare progetto Adelante

A glimpse at the context: poverty and the impact of climate change

In the most impoverished rural areas, the effects of climate change are exacerbated by poverty: environmental deterioration aggravates poverty and vice versa - a never-ending cycle we must act on. In such contexts, paying attention to natural resources becomes a particularly urgent matter. A shared challenge consists in providing access to and guarantee integral use of water resources to young people and women. On the one hand, it is important to get youth involved in virtue of their participation in the ecological transition; on the other hand, women must also be engaged with respect to the role they play in management, food safety and biodiversity safeguarding.

The main goal: to identify, together with the indigenous populations, good practices, recommendations, and lessons on water management in rural contexts

Thanks to the Adelante initiative, promoted by the European Union, the members of the above-mentioned Alliance share experiences and skills in various technical and territorial fields to promote sustainable production, efficient resource management and inclusive strategies.

The goal is to create an efficient water management model in rural contexts, involving the indigenous populations, by sharing knowledge and experience in water resource management, climate adaptation, along with the best educational approaches to involve vulnerable women and young people.

The methodology for action: seminars, workshops, and events to promote environmental sustainability

Following a process of knowledge exchange and systematization among the different members of the Alliance, hybrid seminars will be organized (online and in attendance), opened to the Argentinian and Mexican indigenous communities to transfer knowledge, technical tools, and methodologies for the integral management of water resources in rural contexts.

The project also provides for two workshops: one will be led by UN Women to strengthen knowledge for the integration of gender approach in the development of projects, programs, and territorial development plans. The second workshop will be led by AVSI with a focus on virtuous training models in socioeconomic vulnerability contexts, with particular attention to environmental education experiences to mitigate the impact of climate change.

The University of Bologna will lead a study visit in Argentina and one in Mexico, to promote knowledge and practical tools in the field on bio-irrigation and sustainable food systems.

The project will end with the conference "Environmental education and management of water resources", an opportunity to present the results of the initiative.

This triangular cooperation action plan, within the Adelante initiative, is oriented towards the exchange, feedback and generation of knowledge and practices gained by the Alliance members in the territory, harnessing their knowledge in the education field and water resources management.

The project beneficiaries: young people and women from the Calchaquíes Valleys in Argentina and the Oaxaca indigenous communities in Mexico

During the European Year of Youth, the Adelante Initiative 2 aims to empower and engage young people to respond to the challenges of climate change and help them become protagonists of the ecological transition.

Young people must be allowed to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to live in a more sustainable way, to change their consumption patterns, to adopt healthier lifestyles and to participate – both individually and collectively – in creating solutions for a greener, more sustainable, and more inclusive future.

This vision can be put together with that portrayed by the European Green Deal, which promotes the global transition to a healthier and more sustainable food system, while also emphasizing youth participation, climate action and decision-making. This is the reason why environmental education becomes fundamental to empower young people as actors of sustainable development. In this regard, the beneficiaries include young people from Argentina and Mexico. Furthermore, the project will indirectly impact young students and researchers of the University of Bologna.

In addition to the Alliance members professionals, about 100 young people and women from the Calchaquíes Valleys of Argentina and the indigenous communities of Oaxaca, Mexico, will be able to participate in seminars on water resources management.

The end of the project will be marked by a closing conference – open to the general public through live broadcasting on various virtual platforms.

Mexico, A woman is seen carrying a water filtration system

Triangular cooperation: what is that?

Triangular cooperation is an innovative way to increase the capacity for action in the field of sustainable development cooperation. Triangular cooperation helps achieve the goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda in collaborative ways and can provide solutions to overcome today's most pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges, fostering sustainable development in partner countries.

There are usually three roles in triangular initiatives:

• the beneficiary, who seeks support to face a specific development challenge;

• the expert, who has proven experience in the requested field and can share resources, knowledge and skills;

• the facilitator, who puts the beneficiary and the expert into contact, supporting their collaboration financially and technically.

Roles can change during the course of a project and can be played by one or more partners who can be national cooperation agencies, international organizations, civil society and private associations, private philanthropy bodies.