COPOLAD, the programme financed by the European Commission and led by the FIIAPP, held the "COPOLAD Coordination Meeting: Closing and Evaluation of the Alternative Development Sub-Component" with the coordination of Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The meeting took place in Berlin on 5th and 6th November. The objective of the meeting was to analyze theresults and lessons learnt in the area of alternative development, a process designed to reduce and eliminate the cultivation of plants containing narcotic substances.
Information about the objectives achieved in these four years of work was shared with the representatives of the Andean countries, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, as well as of Guatemala and Mexico, who also attended the event.
Some of the objectives achieved through the activities organized by the FIIAPP-managed COPOLAD programme included the publication of a manual entitled “Analysis of living conditions and alternative development: manual for the analysis of subsistence bases and the evaluation of results”; linking of the gender theme with alternative development projects, demonstrating the growing importance and the role of women in rural communities; and the Workshop on certification systems including preventive alternative development.
Work is currently underway on future strategies and priority action lines.