Adaptive Management Training in Mexico

Trent University

This project significantly adapted and translated into Spanish an adaptive management training course developed by ESSA for the BC Ministry of Forests. The focus of the training in Mexico was watershed management, particularly steep watersheds to the east of Mexico City that are susceptible to soil erosion and flooding. The 5-day course was delivered in Spanish to 38 graduate students and professors working in the field of watershed management at the Colegio Postgrado in Texcoco, Mexico. This group included 5 participants from Ecuador. The students found that the most critical uncertainties in watershed restoration were actually the social and economic issues; the soil conservation, reforestation and flood reduction methods are well tested and understood. The course received very positive evaluations, and in June 2002 the course was delivered again, this time in Ibarra, Ecuador.