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AECID mission visited the province of Manabí in Ecuador

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AECID mission visited the province of Manabí in Ecuador

Delegates from the Andean countries and the Southern Cone of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation visited the Manabí Workshop School.

The project “Support for sustainable construction through the Manabí Workshop School and the strengthening of the productive chain of bamboo construction”, financed by the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and executed by INBAR, received on 11 to 12 March representatives of AECID, who, within their agenda, held a discussion with the beneficiaries of the project and toured some buildings made with bamboo in the province.

AECID delegates in Manabí together with the beneficiaries of the Manabí Workshop School project.

The first place the delegation visited was the Association Agro. UNODEC, which was created in 2006 by 11 peasant grassroots organizations and is located in the Miraflores sector, in the 24 de Mayo canton. During the tour, the visitors together with the INBAR team were able to experience the process of collecting and preserving the bamboo that takes place there.

Experiencing the process of collecting and preserving the bamboo at the Association Agro. UNODEC.

Continuing with the agenda, Pablo Jácome Estrella, INBAR Regional Director together with the members of AECID reviewed the bamboo program, executed by both parties in the country.

Pablo Jácome Estrella, INBAR Regional Director presents the project activities in Manabí.

The next day, in the rural parish of Calderón in Portoviejo, the AECID team held a discussion with the producers of the Bamboo Field Schools and learned about the certification processes for natural “guaduales” or bamboo plantations. Javier Alcívar, the technician in charge of the Bamboo Field Schools of the municipality of El Carmen, shared his experience with the process of natural vinegaring in the field.

Then, they toured the facilities of Manabí Workshop School, where the students showed them about some of the activities carried out in the home electrical installations module of the curriculum. Similarly, they showed them some prefabricated trusses models and prototypes.

AECID Mission visited the students of the Manabí Workshop School.

Wenddy Vera, a participant in the project highlighted the participation of women in the construction sector. “We have shown that we have the same skills as men to carry out the activities,” she said.

After completing the visit, community leaders and presidents of Parish GADs held a discussion with the AECID and INBAR teams on the dynamics between the different links in the chain of sustainable construction with bamboo. Rafael López, a master builder of Las Tunas, indicated the importance of promoting bamboo in the territory. “Whoever works with bamboo for construction is really an activist because they activate a series of local processes from production, preservation and construction to the final beneficiary,” he added.

At the end of the agenda, the AECID delegation participated in the inauguration of the Bamboo Lookout Tower, built by the students of the school as part of their training process.

AECID mission together with the INBAR team at the inauguration of the Bamboo Lookout Tower in Calderón, Manabí

The Manabí Workshop School project has been underway since 2019 in order to contribute to the sustainable construction of homes and social infrastructure with bamboo, contributing to the mitigation and adaptation of the effects of climate change and local economic development in the province of Manabi.