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We have used the impetus for planning provided by new legislation as a golden opportunity to develop a participatory planning process to create Ordenamientos Territoriales.

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Land use planning in Puerto Lopez: Putting GIS to work on the ground

As part of the Convenio Colombia, this work has developed a framework and mapping tools to lead towards the development of long-term (POT) and shorter-term (PDM) land use plans. While remaining strongly participatory, this framework entrains a number of technical contributions, including a multiple-scale vision-actions-request framework, multi-temporal classified satellite imagery, GEOSOIL, "Arboles de Decision" and ex ante assessment of agricultural products. With CIAT's support, the municipality of Puerto López developed a concerted plan that will guide its activity and expenditures over the next 3 years. The "PLAN DE DESARROLLO 2001-2004, "Por la Reconciliación y Unidad de Puerto López" will be an instrument to apply the "Plan Básico de Ordenamiento Territorial" of Puerto López. The plan, ratified earlier this year, will officially be launched o CD-ROM at the end of the year. About 100 professionals have already been trained in plan development and the use of MapMaker software.

Work conducted within the scope of the agreement between CIAT and the Colombian Ministry of Agriculture:

 

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Rule-based image processing methods to facilitate the use of remote sensing images in local planning and adaptive management

  • Develop a methodology allowing local institutions to use satellite imagery for monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management of their agriculture and natural resources
  • Develop a methodology allowing national institutions to provide data sets to local institutions in a format that they can use for their purposes

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Rule-based image processing methods to facilitate the use of remote sensing images in local planning and adaptive management

Searching for robust strategies through ex-ante assessment of agricultural projects in communities under different scenarios

  • Provide farmers and extension agents with examples of decision-making processes, where farmers plan their long-term strategy facing uncertainty in market prices, climatic conditions, and other factors
  • Develop a methodological framework to choose robust strategies, that is, those that produce relatively good results under a range of scenarios, without necessarily being the optimal strategy in any of them
  • Contribute to an ongoing effort to help five villages of the municipality of Puerto Lopez in the elaboration of their community development plan
  • Help farmers of the EL Turpial village and the UMATA to gauge the economic worth of planning for an irrigation project in the village, and to explore the best cultivation strategies to recuperate investments

Searching for robust strategies through ex-ante assessment of agricultural projects in communities under different scenarios

GEOSOIL and "Arboles de decision": Decision support tools to make recommendations on land use and management practices in the Colombian Llanos, based on soil characteristics. Case study in Puerto López, Meta

  • Develop a simple methodology to allow farmers, extension agents, and agricultural project promoters apply knowledge developed through agricultural experimentation to data from soil maps or soil samples, to issue recommendations for the sustainable use and progressive improvement of soil qualities
  • Present an example of this methodology for the municipality of Puerto Lopez that can be repeated in other municipalities, or even for entire departments
  • Provide decision makers in the municipality of Puerto Lopez, which is where the government plans on focusing many agricultural development projects, with a tool to prevent unsustainable use of soil resources

GEOSOIL and "Arboles de decision": Decision support tools to make recommendations on land use and management practices in the Colombian Llanos, based on soil characteristics. Case study in Puerto López, Meta

Electronic version of the Plan de desarrollo 2001-2004, "Por la reconciliación y unidad de Puerto López", available on CD-ROM

To comply with Colombian law 152/94, new municipal administrations must submit a Plan de Desarrollo Municipal (PDM) within 4 months of taking office. The elaboration of these plans is very often contracted out and has an insufficient participatory component. We are promoting the transformation of these bureaucratic exercises into participatory strategic planning opportunities. However, these are most profitable when the municipal administration takes ownership of them, and we are therefore developing a methodology that can be used by municipal administrations themselves. As a case study in Puerto Lopez, we offered to facilitate the process to allow the municipality to develop their plan while minimizing dependence towards outside help and maximizing popular participation.

 

Electronic version of the Plan de desarrollo 2001-2004, "Por la reconciliación y unidad de Puerto López", available on CD-ROM

Training on "creating local capacity for Ordenamiento Territorial" in Ecuador, the use of the participatory planning methodology and MapMaker software

Based on our experience on the Ordenamiento Territorial, some Ecuadorian institutions asked us to elaborate adapted training material and give our technical support through training courses. These aimed at orienting the processes of occupation and transformation of the provincial territory by allowing stakeholders to clearly identify their visions, possible actions, and partnerships, while considering the territory's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. They were also aimed at developing a local capacity to plan development, using principles of equity, sustainability, and competitiveness.

Training on "creating local capacity for Ordenamiento Territorial" in Ecuador, the use of the participatory planning methodology and MapMaker software


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