From there, we added value and contributed to products with developmental organizations while building a more in-depth understanding of the landscapes and its people.
We later partnered with Heifer International, now “Innovar y Compartir”, to deliver a pilot project to restore grasslands with alpaca grazing regimes, densities, intensities and adaptive management. From there, we developed a holistic management “Train the Trainers” capacity development program, with regional camelid leaders in rangeland management, led by Ovis21. This evolved to influence the first component of the Regional Alpaca II program called Land Stewardship and Management.
Afterwards, we developed water security public finance projects for diverse watersheds in Peru, with a a strong emphasis on livelihood adaptation pathways and the equity and participation piece of regulatory ecosystem services schemes.
These experiences accumulated into invitations for different stakeholder partnerships at different levels of engagement, including grassroots organizations, national roundtables for camelid production and pastoral livelihoods, NDC delivery and innovative financial vehicles for financial sustainability in Protected Areas.
While working on the pilot project and roundtables, we developed an agreement with SPAR (Society of Registered Alpaca Growers) and its producer associations, to develop capacities and competencies within their grassroots organization, indigenous leaders, and program delivery that weaves with the Alpaca II program.
Now, we are focusing our efforts on weaving pastoralism and livelihood strengthening through the Andean Pastoral Livelihood Initiative.