Pichincha Provincial Government and WFP launch book on Plants of the Andes
Patricio and Mario Pillajo are Papallacta natives and self-taught naturalists. Their effort is focused on the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems of the Cayambe-Coca National Park. Their book will be a valuable tool in the task of incorporating traditional knowledge in adaptation strategies in the midst of climate change. It offers the opportunity to circulate local knowledge, protect traditional systems of agriculture, and empower and prepare vulnerable communities so that they can readily address the climate vulnerability of their region. The publication of this book has received support from institutions such as the Pichincha Provincial Government, WFP, the Adaptation Fund and Ecuadorian Resort Termas de Papallacta.
The Provincial Government of Pichincha and WFP, together with the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture and the Public Consortium of the Jubones River Basin, have been collaborating on a project to build resilience within vulnerable communities to climate change and improve food and nutrition security through the implementation of adaptive measures. In Pichincha, the project has been implemented in the Cayambe and Pedro Moncayo cantons. The project addresses the response to climate change beyond the purely scientific, aiming to include social and gender dimensions.