In May, Cachapoal Model Forest, Chile, hosted 26 representatives from 7 Model Forests, CUSO, the IMFN Secretariat and the Ibero-American Model Forest Network for a 2-day workshop on capturing lessons learned through the ‘systematization’ of experiences.
Systematization is a process whereby stakeholders and beneficiaries collectively plan a project or activity around a key question, implement the project or activity, take time at regular intervals to reflect on their progress, adjust course as necessary then act again. The entire process is documented so that it is sharable with others.
Participants from Jujuy (Argentina), Alto Malleco (Chile), Cachapoal (Chile), Chiquitano (Bolivia), Reventazon (Costa Rica), Atlántida (Honduras) and Risaralda (Colombia) Model Forests were asked to prepare documentation on the evolution of their participatory governance structures based on a guide prepared by workshop leader Cornelius Prince of CATIE and present their findings to the group.
The workshop was part of a CUSO knowledge management project to train cooperants placed in three Model Forests the systematization approach to capturing lessons learned. Two additional sites were funded by the IMFN Secretariat while the remaining two were self-funded. Known as KEDLAP (Knowledge for Effective Development Learning and Practice), the IDRC supported CUSO project also includes training in the use of online collaborative tools and other knowledge sharing technologies and techniques.
Next steps for the IMFN include refining the documentation process, improving the systematization guide, and scaling up the project to include more Model Forests.