Hiking in Latin America
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The Latin-American Hiking Network (LAH Network) was established in October 2012 in Piriápolis (Uruguay) on the occasion of the First Congress of Planning and Management of Trails of Mercosur. Its objectives are:
Hiking is considered by the LAH Network as a means to achieve better local development and improved environmental protection in remote rural areas. It also sees the promotion of hiking "for all" as a key to improve public health in Latin American countries
Currently, the LAH Network is active, through its institutional members and individual members, in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela, but it also disseminates quite information on the situation of hiking in other countries
In May 2015, the Latin American Hiking Network received the "International Partnership Award" at the 2015 American Trails Symposium held in Portland, Oregon (USA), from 17 to 20 May 2015. This award is a "recognition for outstanding collaborative work -out of US- that enhances hikers movement within a specific country or group of countries. "
¿WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES OF THE LAH NETWORK?
Presently the activities of the LAH Network are the following:
WHAT ARE THE NEW PROJECTS OF THE LAH NETWORK?
At this moment the LAH Network has two main projects:
WHY DOES IT NEED FUNDING THE LAH NETWORK?
To undertake its new projects (and others to come), the LAH Network needs an increased coordination among its members. So far, the organization has no budget nor it has received any funding and LAH Network activities are based on voluntary work of some of its members.
This method has reached its limits. It is necessary to institutionalize the LAH Network to gain more representation and ability to carry out concrete action. It is the role of the new coordination under the shape of a Secretary.
WHAT IT WILL BE DONE WITH THIS FUNDING?
The Secretary and coordination of the LAH Network involves the following activities, among others
It is estimated the minimum Secretary costs (including some fixed costs such as hosting and domain name) at US$ 500 per month. With the aim of saving office expenses, rent, phone, it will operate from a private home and with the communication tools offered by Internet.
The requested funding of US$ 6700 covers a year of operation for the Secretary (including the commission received by the Idea.me crowdfunding platform).
>> See en Youtube the complete version of the video (10 minutes) to have more information about the Network and its objectives.