Social Impact Assessment Workshop in Peru

The village of Huamantanga, Peru, was the site of a Social Impact Assessment workshop in early May.  Located about 4 hours upstream from Lima and about 3300 meters above sea level, this community will be the site of one of Aquafondo’s pilot projects to assess the effectiveness of natural infrastructure interventions.  The workshop was facilitated by Oscar Maldonado, hosted by Aquafondo and attended by representatives from Forest Trends, AQF, and the Natural Capital Project.

A view of the community of Huamantanga.

A view of the community of Huamantanga.

The overall objective of the workshop was to design a way to measure the social impacts of this IWS project that was also linked to the assessment of the hydrological impacts.  Following on the the SIA workshop and publications from last year, project participants worked to identify potential positive and negative impacts of the IWS intervention and how to measure these impacts.  Consideration of these impacts is being put at the core of the project design.

Rossi Taboada from Universidad San Marcos, facilitating one of the small working groups from the community.

Rossi Taboada from Universidad San Marcos, facilitating one of the small working groups from the community.

Based on the recommendations for monitoring developed at the workshop, Aquafondo will complete the monitoring plan by reviewing objectives and indicators to ensure that they both fit with the project design and are in line with community expectations and monitoring interests.  Aquafondo’s other partners in this initiative – The Nature Conservancy and the Natural Capital Project – will assist with obtaining baseline data before monitoring begins.  As part of the Water Initiative’s broader objective to develop a manual for including social impact assessment in design and implementation of IWS projects, the community workshop will be written up as a case study, which will be completed by September.”

Oscar Maldonado, workshop facilitator, dancing with a young Huamantangina in a small ceremony organized for the group’s departure.

Oscar Maldonado, workshop facilitator, dancing with a young Huamantangina in a small ceremony organized for the group’s departure.

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