The project consists of capacity-building and training of multiplication agents. The program was designed during the First Seminar of Environmental Education for the Hydroelectric Industry, in September 2000, in Palmas, Tocantins. During the seminar, the necessity to train public and private technicians and community groups involved in the process of establishing new Hydroelectric Plants was discovered. The project lasted until 2003 and included the financing of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and partnerships with the International Institute for Education (IIE) and the National Water Agency.
TEEP is an initiative to provide technical training to local leaders and technicians from public and private institutions. The training will help to stimulate more effective participation in the planning process of development projects. The state of Tocantins was selected as the target state for the program because of its hydroelectric potential. Because of this, measures need to be taken to ensure that the potential is fully developed in a way that still benefits society, respects local residents and the environment, and offers a structure for negotiation and participation for project stakeholders.
Some results: raised awareness for 1,328 people in 24 municipal region; trained 375 multipliers in 20-hour duration courses; participation of 20 multipliers in theme related events; translation of educational material into 4 indigenous dialects; compilation of educational material; distribution of educational material in the school network.
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- Improved dissemination of information to the public about the impacts and benefits in the development of projects.
- Increasing community participation in decision making.
- Training for multipliers.