A Climate Change Action Plan for Tarija, Bolivia

Water catchement on a farm in the community of Pinos Sud, Tarija. Credit: PROMETA
Water catchement on a farm in the community of Pinos Sud, Tarija. Credit: PROMETA

Having met with several local officials to discuss and develop proposed legislation for conservation and climate change mitigation, the staff of PROMETA have received enough positive feedback and encouragement to officially submit their proposal to the Board of the City of Tarija.  (An excerpt of the proposed legislation is included below.)

In another success, PROMETA has recently signed a cooperation agreement with the government of the Department of Tarija.  The parties have committed, for the next two years, to work together toward the institutionalization of conservation and climate change mitigation into any public works or programs undertaken at the Department level.  PROMETA will be responsible for training officials and staff in the Executive offices of the Department of Tarija on issues related to climate change, conservation, and participatory models of resource management. 

Additionally, the two parties have agreed to contribute increased resources and efforts to PRO-AGUA, the regional public/private regional water management coalition, in order to improve regional coordination of water policies and promote institutional participation across agencies.  Rodrigo Ayala of PROMETA is optimistic; he believes that this is an important step toward making these issues a standard part of public policy.

Proposed Law For The Protection Of Headwaters Of The Tolomosa And Victoria Rivers

(excerpt from Executive Summary)

The law for the protection of headwaters of the Tolomosa and Victoria Rivers seeks to establish as a priority for the Department its protection, the participation of civil society and government entitites in its management, the requirement that a participatory planning process be carried out for its conservation and management, and the requirement that resources be allocated by the Governorship of the Department of Tarija to meet these objectives.

The judicial basis for this proposed Departmental law is the State Political Constitution, Environmental Law, the Autonomy Framework Law and the Mother Earth Rights Law.  In these norms the role and competencies of the Governorship and the Departamental Assembly, as well as the judicial framework that allows the protection of special interest zones within the territory for conservation and sustainable management and defines water as a human right.