Ester Galende Sanchez

Ester Galende Sanchez

Ester Galende Sanchez, Ireland.

Perseverant, self-motivated, and results-oriented, I am a Forest engineer specialized in natural resources management, but also in Political Science, Sociology, and Governance.

This education provides me a trans-disciplinary vision of environmental issues and qualifies me for working on fields as sustainable development, climate change or environmental governance.

During last year, I was working in Peru for the NGO CONDESAN within the research team of the Andean Watershed Area. The study I conducted aimed at facilitating the implementation of Mechanisms for Rewarding Hydrological Ecosystem Services in the country and especially in its capital, the city of Lima. I carried out several interviews with the main stakeholders, including rural communities in the Andes, to be able to elaborate a good analysis of the present situation and establish the problems that needed to be solved.

Presentation Title: Integrating urban-rural communities through stakeholder analysis to implement Mechanisms for Rewarding Hydrological Ecosystem Services: Case Study of Lima, Peru.

Peru is among the countries of the world with the most water available, but a non-sustainable management of its rivers, lakes, and watersheds has caused crucial water scarcity and water quality issues in big cities such as Lima. Currently, the country is implementing Mechanisms for Rewarding Hydrological Ecosystem Services, an environmental policy that could be an effective tool to solve these problems through the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of the ecosystems in the high parts of the basins. The implementation requires the compromise of a wide range of stakeholders who have not traditionally worked together, especially urban and rural stakeholders both downstream and upstream respectively, leading to the emergence of several governance conflicts. This paper presents an innovative tool aimed at dealing with these conflicts, integrating urban and rural dynamics through an exhaustive bottom-up stakeholders’ analysis that identifies the existing problems and establish which specific actions must be carried out in the future. The analysis previously mentioned has been applied with success in Lima in 2016 and could be used in every part of Peru, facilitating the process and conciliating all the stakeholders that participate in the implementation of the Mechanisms for Rewarding Hydrological Ecosystem Services.

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