Network Model based on the association of public and private players to promote Sustainable Building

Network Model based on the association of public and private players to promote Sustainable Building

Peru
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Forum is a mixed network of public and private institutions promoting associations between universities, civil society organizations and municipalities as the basis for a joint intervention to promote changes in the construction field (its system, regulations and institutions) that may contribute to a better eco-efficiency and sustainability. The model of a mixed (public and private) inter-institutional network provides advantages to generate knowledge, promote participation and the summoning of players also to promote political changes at local and national levels. The FCPV is blazing a trail in promoting Sustainable Building in Peru. Since 14 years ago, it develops skills and works on active-participative research works, develops pilot models and it has an incidence in public policy.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Benefit goes mainly to the professionals, technicians, authorities and officers related to Construction in Peru, who finally are the ones that, from the Government (Ministries, regional and municipal governments) or the Private Enterprise, make decisions in this field and therefore it is necessary for them to receive information, training and counseling in order to be in a position to introduce changes in current regulations and public policies in Perú. This, in turn, has a direct incidence in the Peruvian population’s life quality.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

One fundamental issue in the building field in Peru is institutional weakness, fragmentation and lack of dialogue opportunities and of effort articulation between the involved players. Civil society organizations, the Government and private companies work in a parallel way, even between themselves, which generates conflicts and therefore technical and political initiatives, which may contribute to the improvement of the construction sector through a drive towards larger eco-efficiency and sustainability, are bogged down. The model of FCPV’s organization and performance has allowed the generation of alliances, synergies and dialogue spaces between construction players both from the public and the private sectors, as also to make the complementary use of its expertise, skills and specialties, directly and indirectly promoting important changes as, for example, in building institutions and regulations.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

On one hand, in the formation of a new generation of professionals, technicians and politicians, a critical mass of architects, town planners and engineers who have a sense of awareness and appropriation of the fundamentals of Sustainable Building and its relationship with Urban Development and City Management, to be applied in the sector where they work and spreading these proposals to other sectors. Between 1998 and 2010, FCPV has promoted the formation of over 10,000 professionals, leaders, authorities and public officers through its diversity of postgraduate courses, workshops and seminars. On the other hand, in institutional and regulation changes in the construction field, to which we have contributed through our proposals, e.g., our contribution to the current Municipality Organic Law (in particular, competences and environmental functions), which creates the current National System of Environmental Management, Framework Law for Territorial Ordinance and the Regulation for Provincial Territorial Ordinance and Development of Sustainable Urban Development (in consultation) among others.
About You
Organization:
Foro Ciudades para la Vida
About You
First Name

Fernando

Last Name

Palomino

About Your Organization
Organization Name

Foro Ciudades para la Vida

Organization Phone

(51) 1-2411488

Organization Address

Vargas Machuca 408, San Antonio, Miraflores, Lima

Organization Country

, LI

Country where this project is creating social impact
How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Innovation
What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

FCPV was founded in 1996 through the initiative of several public and private institutions with the leadership of Architect Liliana Miranda Sara, as founder and Executive Director during 1998-2010, with the purpose of generating a space for public and private interaction at national level to face the critical sustainability problems in Peruvian cities, by improving their environmental quality as also the skills of the involved players. One fundamental axe in this intervention proposal has been Sustainable Building, in order to generate further knowledge (e.g., Inventory of toxic-contaminating construction elements), to develop skills and professional specialization training for professionals, authorities and public officers (e.g., International post-graduate course in Sustainable Construction), to develop pilot models to validate technical proposals (e.g., (ej. Safe Asbestos Removal at the Public School in Villa el Salvador, Design of Eco-efficient Houses for poor dwellers in Quebrada Verde, in Pachacamac, Eco-efficient Auditorium Design at the National University of Santa, among others) and from them onwards, generating political proposals and initiatives by decision makers (e.g., AL21 Campaign, No Asbestos Campaign, Yes to Life).

Social Impact
How many people have been impacted by your project?

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

1001‐10,000

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

One problem is represented by political changes, i.e., the renewal of local authorities every three years (at municipal level) which affects the performance of the established alliances with universities and civil society organizations. This is part of the democratic system in the country and what we generally do is to try and maintain the dialogue space and promote joint actions with the newly elected authorities.

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

On one hand, by relating Sustainable Building to other significant topics in the country, such as Climate Impact, which can be already felt in a variety of zones within the country. Also by passing our clients’ database around to others.

Sustainability
For each selection, please explain the financial and non-financial support from each

In the case of Foundations, Non-Government Organizations and Agencies for International Cooperation, they generally provide financial support through projects or approved proposals. In 2010-2011 we have been implementing three international projects financed by the Andean Community- SOCICAN project, the European Community and the BMBF from Germany.
In the case of undertakings, national government, local governments and other clients, we establish alliances to foster joint counseling / training actions or services. In 2010-2011 we have executing and/or are currently executing several consultancy services (with the Ministry of Environment, through the Muqui Network, among others). Furthermore, we have reached other clients, such as students, teachers, professionals and leaders through paid (online) training courses and the sale of products (books, CDs).

How do you plan to grow and/or diversify your base of support in the next three years?

On one side, by reviewing and improving the marketing strategy, enlarging our service portfolio to other sectors (e.g., Regional Governments, Universities and Technical Institutes, Companies). Also, by optimizing the implementation of new technologies, e.g., redesigning the institutional website, by enlarging services and online sale of products, by participating in social networks such as Facebook and Twitter in order to achieve a larger visibility range and to access other prospective clients. On the other side, by reinforcing and enlarging our alliances with other environment or consumer networks and organizations, Professional (Architect, Engineer)Associations and (town planners or other) professional networks or associations.

Collaboration
Please select your areas of intervention in the home improvement market

Design, Technology, Sanitation, Green housing, Urban development, Public policy.

Is your innovation addressing barriers in the home improvement/progressive housing market? If so, please describe in detail your mechanisms of intervention

On one side, by massively promoting the Sustainable Construction issue and proposals which - in the past was an unknown subject in Peru - among building professionals and key decision makers. On the other side, by generating agreement spaces and establishing alliances between the involved construction players. Also, by contributing to public debate, making the Sustainable Building issue visible and placing it in the public agenda and the public opinion.

Are you currently collaborating with private companies, or have you partnered with private companies in the past? With which companies?

Before we worked with various companies: Shell, BEFESA and with the Peruvian Construction Chamber of PERU (CAPECO) among others.

Please describe in detail the nature of the partnership(s)

In the case of the BEFESA company, it was an alliance made to jointly foster the pilot experience of Asbestos Removal which benefited the Republic of Nicaragua School in the district of Villa el Salvador. In the case of Shell it was a service for the removal of asbestos in its location in El Callao, and with CAPECO in order to promote Sustainable Building among Construction Companies in Perú (sponsoring and participation of CAPECO in the Sustainable Building International Seminar organized by FCPV, invitation to write articles on Sustainable Building in CAPECO’s Institutional magazine).

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