Community Owned Solutions Course
Last Friday was training day at WWT.
Dr Jay Mistry (Royal Holloway), Dr Andrea Berardi (Open University), and our very own Dr Matthew Simpson kindly agreed to deliver a training session at WWT Slimbridge, where they talked us through the key principles and concepts of the community owned solutions approach.
This approach identifies and shares solutions to sustainability challenges such as climate change adaptation, biodiversity loss, natural resources depletion, lack of governance, health emergencies and cultural loss.
The course was based on the methodology followed for Project COBRA (Community Owned Best practice for sustainable Resource Adaptive management in the Guiana Shield, South America), where WWT Consulting worked in conjunction with partners to preserve indigenous communities’ knowledge and skills to be applied to the sustainable management of their natural resources, in particular.
After an amusing group ice-breaker and an introduction to the methodology followed on project COBRA, we were divided into groups to identify community owned solutions out of several options; finally we all had a lot of fun taking part of our respective group’s participatory video, where we represented the process followed in the decision making process of our selected community owned solution.
It was really inspiring to hear about Project COBRA ’s achievements, success stories… and challenges!