Facilitation, Securing Agreements on the Zoning and Governance of the Galapagos Marine Reserve with New Shark Sanctuary, World Heritage Site
On March 21st 2016, Ecuador announced the creation of a new shark sanctuary within the integrated zoning of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, and declared a 90-day period during which four Ministers have committed to implementing over 16 compensatory measures for the local artisanal fishing sector, including a discussion of critical hotspots of contention within the zoning itself. Pippa Heylings, CEO of Talking Transformation, was the facilitatory for the creation of the Galapagos Marine Reserve in 1998, and the creation of the Participatory Management System through which the first (and provisional) marine zoning effort was established by consensus amongst all sectors (fishing, tourism, conservation). Pippa Heylings has now been invited by the Ministry of Environment and Galapagos National Park to help transform the conflict that has ensued over the zoning, to help build trust in dialogue, and create the governance framework through which a coordinated inter-Ministerial process can achieve – in record time, and together with the fishermen – the implementation of the measures offered in such a way that the new zoning is accepted and implemented.
Facilitator, Participatory Drafting of Regulatory Framework for the Special Regime for World Heritage Site, Galapagos Islands
The Governing Council of Ministers for the Galapagos World Heritage Site contracted Pippa Heylings, CEO of Talking Transformation, to transform the social conflict that had ensued following the expedition of the new Special Regime Bill for the archipelago – through the design and implementation of a participatory process to draft the regulatory framework for all sectors under the framework of the Bill.
Facilitator « Getting to Gold. Reaching Top 50 Priority Research Questions for Galapagos »
“Pippa Heylings and Talking Transformation bring the power of Facilitation to help 55 international and national scientists and policy makers come together to agree top 50 “gold” research priorities for conservation and sustainable development of the Galapagos Islands, applying participatory methodology developed by Dr. Bill Sutherland of Cambridge University (“methods for collaboratively identifying research priorities and emerging issues in science and policy” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2041-210X.2010.00083.x/full) who helped coordinate the process in person; high-level government buy-in with the event co-hosted by the Governing Inter-Ministerial Council of Galapagos, the Ministry for Knowledge and Human Talent and the National Secretary for Higher Education – with the support of the prestigious Charles Darwin Foundation. What energy and strategic alliances generated!! Now we’re Talking Transformation!! Look out for the scientific publication sharing the results, which will have about 50 co-authors too! Collaborative quality research approach to bridge the science-policy divide in one of the most valuable and vulnerable places on earth. Next step: facilitating strategic alliances to pool resources and make this research happen and provide decision-makers with the information they need for Galapagos future”
Support to the design and facilitation of the Action Lab Colombia
TT supported the design and facilitation of an innovative space, the Climate Action Lab, full of inspiration, knowledge sharing and trust. The event was held in Casa de Paz, Colombia, with more than 40 stakeholders and partners including the Bank Findeter, the Ministry of Transport, EPM, UNDP, WWF, ONF Andina, Econometria, CIAT, the Association of Autonomous Regional Environmental Corporations, the National Planning Department, the Dutch Embassy and others. The goal of the Climate Action Lab was to explore more effective and innovative wasy to coordinate, share and act upon climate change knowledge in Colombia. The Action Lab provides:
- A space to inspire new ways of working.
- A place of innovation from within.
- A network-oriented action and coordination.
With a mix of 3-minute ‘elevator pitches’, inspirational talks, music, creative thinking and group work, participants were invited to discuss the types of knowledge necessary to change attitudes and make climate change a priority in Colombia for decision makers in different sectors and mobilise citizen action.