Management / sustainable management of natural resources to reduce risks of climate change and preservation of the environment



The Pocoata municipality with more than 25,000 inhabitants has the most impoverished peasant communities in Bolivia, where 98.3% live in poverty, reaching the lowest HDI in Bolivia with 0.423. This low HDI shows the serious deterioration of the human resource, mainly of boys, girls under 5 years of age, women in pregnancy and of childbearing age, having food insecurity as one of the main causes, where the quality of their food does not cover recommended minimum requirements.

The food of these peasant families depends on 90% of their local production, which is insufficient due to the gradual deterioration of their natural resources due to the irrational exploitation of peasant families, due to the effects of climate change, which causes a drop agricultural production.

In addition, there is a weakness of the basic social community organizations (mainly women) and little interrelation between them, as well as inadequate feeding and nutrition practices, due to poor knowledge and poor eating habits.

The proposal is presented as the result of a participatory process of reflection and discussion in which the local population, local organizations and the civil authorities of the area have participated.


Potosí / Chayanta Province, Pocoata Municipality

Local Partner

IPTK (Tomás Katari Polytechnic Institute)


General Objective: To contribute to the reduction of the situation of poverty and exclusion of the rural population of the Municipality of Pocoata in the department of Potosí.

Specific Objective: Contribute to the improvement of food security, resilience to climate change and recovery of our environment in poor communities in the municipality of Pocoata, paying special attention to the problems and rights of women.

Leading population

(198 women and 192 men).

Project duration



TAU and Government of Navarra


  • Socialization and dissemination of the project.
  • Planning at the community, family and baseline level.
  • Development of training workshops in agro-ecological and livestock techniques.
  • Production of traditional and alternative crops with appropriate technology.
  • Vegetable production in vegetable gardens.
  • Creole herd management (animal health campaigns, forage seed dating).
  • Development of training workshops and nutritional practices for women and men in nutritional food education-PEAN and healthy lifestyles, with a gender perspective.
  • Development of training workshops for producers on climate change, the environment and conservation of natural resources.
  • Construction of works of recovery and management of the soil resource (terraces of slow formation and of bank, dikes for the control of gullies, Incorporation of organic fertilizer).
  • Support and technical assistance in the replacement and management of vegetation cover (plots protected with live fences, plots with protection on the banks of rivers, production of seedlings of exotic-native forest species).
  • Construction of improved kitchens.
  • Support and advice in the adequate management of the water resource (infiltration ditches in plots, family reservoirs built for irrigation and animal consumption), which reduces the work overload of women.
  • Exchange of experiences of agricultural producers with the active participation of women.
  • Development of workshops to raise awareness and awareness of public and community authorities, on the management of the environment and climate change.
  • Development of training workshops for teachers and students of Turberia schools, on climate change, environment and conservation of natural resources.
  • Education and training for promoters.
    Elaboration and massive diffusion of informative material with topics related to food security, natural resources, environment and climate change.
  • Support in the organization and participation of events to raise awareness and sensitize the population about the effects of climate change and the environment.
  • Support and follow up on the actions of the project.