This chapter examines ways in which locally initiated and sustainable changes in household natural resource use strategies were developed over a three-year period through an initial partnership with three communities, that later grew to six, and a small team of local professionals. Evidence suggests that this partnership may lead to longer-term continuation and further independent development of these strategies. This will enable households in the future to manage their livelihoods and their environment with minimum external intervention. It is suggested that meso-level institutional actors may become involved in enabling these approaches to be applied over much wider areas, in particular small farmers' unions and municipalities, once they realise the benefits of investing in productive actions.
Preston, D., Montaño, R. and Condori, R. (2005) Stimulating locally-initiated and sustainable livelihood change: New relationships between local professionals and rural communities in the Central Andes. pp 159-178 (Chapter 12) in Stocking, M., Helleman, H. and White, R. (eds) Renewable natural resources management for mountain communities. Kathmandu: ICIMOD.