Within the framework of activities of the Programme for the Articulation of Territorial Networks (ART) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Aguarico Canton, the Municipal Government and the Rural Parish Governments of Aguarico, the National Secretary of Planning and Development - SENPLADES - Zone 2 and the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, held two cantonal prioritization workshops in February 2013, activities that conclude the Local Programming Cycle.
The workshops, organized in the framework of the Cantonal Dialogue Group, aimed to define in a participatory manner, within different ambits, the local processes that should be prioritized to achieve the integral development of this Amazon territory. Several governmental institutions attended these workshops: representatives of the 6 Rural Parish Governments and the Municipal Government of Aguarico Canton, as well as representatives of national institutions such as SENPLADES Zone 2, the Binational Plan: Chapter Ecuador and the Yasuní-ITT Initiative.
Other local institutions that participated in the workshops include the Social Shelter of Aguarico Canton, the Cantonal Council of Children and Adolescents, the Solidarity Network of Community-based Tourism of the Napo Riverbanks (REST), the Board of the Nuevo Rocafuerte Rural Parish and representatives of the canton’s educational sector.
During the first workshop, on February 4th, the participants worked with the projects proposed in the Development and Territorial Management Plan of Aguarico Municipality. In thematic round tables, participants discussed the importance of each of the proposed projects or the inclusion of new ones based on a broad view of the current cantonal reality. This process continued in a second workshop, held on February 21st, in order to complete the work of the first workshop and validate the workshop outcome.
With the information gathered during these participatory workshops, the local officer of the UNDP/ART Programme in Aguarico can conclude the final draft of the Territorial Priorities Document of Aguarico Canton. This document will provide an articulated overview of the development priorities and needs of this Canton. Its presentation is scheduled for Thursday, April 11th, in Alta Florencia, Aguarico Canton.