♣ Rating systems and external evaluations

"♣": Estrategias específicas empleadas por los estudios de caso para incrementar su nivel de auto-sustentabilidad.Pueden estar en inglés o español. Por favor usa el traductor del menú lateral 

"♣": Specific strategies used by the case studies to increase their degree of self-sustainability.They might be in English or in Spanish. Please use the side menu translator
  • Besides the above, authorities use satellites to monitor and regulate the exploitation of natural resources in the park, as well as to moderate housing development while protecting those already considered cultural heritage. Since a few years ago, a land regularization process also aims to restore the right of use and usufruct on the part of the original communities.
  • UNESCO’s reevaluates the certification of Global Geoparks every 4 years. This serves as a guide for many of them and ensures their compliance with UNESCO’s criteria

  • Both the farming and animal care processes use ecological and novel technologies, designed from both the knowledge that local farmers still use to assist in the care of the rented lands, and from the results of the research carried out there, conducted by partner universities – who either investigate the model of the farm, or use it as a pilot area for the exploration and implementation of innovative alternative technologies and for the formation of a talent pool. The participation of all these actors then allows the farm and its processes to be always monitored and in the process of innovation.

  • To ensure accountability and transparency in the management of its resources, [This/the initiative] has planned that its board of directors is monitored by a board of supervisors equivalent in rank and, in addition, that its activities and decisions be published on its website and social networks — which also serves to receive feedback on the initiative.

  • The administration of the project through the mentioned web platforms not only favours an efficient and transparent management (each step of the process is published online and therefore is subject to scrutiny) but also the open feedback of the users. This, in turn, allows maintaining the quality of the market and its products, because, for example, each farmer has a profile that can be evaluated by consumers.

  • The web platforms, the process of selecting, reviewing and packaging the products, as well as the frequent observation visits by the [This/the initiative] members to the communities (in which they carry out monitoring processes from time to time), all serve as supervision and feedback systems for the initiative. These systems allow it to devise measures to ensure significant changes every year, which enable it to adapt and face implementation problems — such as making visits to other markets in Beijing to learn how to meet the specific demands of the city’s consumers (who have other food culture) or ensure the conservation of the products during their transportation (buying a packaging machine, refrigerators, etc).

  • Sistema de calificaciones, comentarios, estrellas
  • En el [Esta/la iniciativa] todo el año es temporada alta. Esto se debe, en opinión de sus creadores, a que es un proyecto diferente. Y también a sus fuentes de publicidad: las recomendaciones de visitantes, el sitio Trip Advisor y Facebook (a quienes pagan una cuota para que les recomienden), y la visibilidad que a este recóndito municipio ha otorgado su nombramiento como pueblo mágico (en ese orden). Esto último se refiere a un programa impulsado por la Secretaría de Turismo y co-administrado con autoridades gubernamentales de diferentes niveles para estimular el turismo nacional – y con ello el desarrollo local – otorgando el título a lugares que aún conservan un rico legado histórico y cultural. Respecto a las plataformas web, sus creadores consideran son de especial utilidad al dar credibilidad al proyecto gracias a su sistema de puntaje y evaluación por los visitantes (credibilidad por pares) a quienes se supervisa que no sean familiares y amigos, so pena de castigo si fuesen así identificados por la compañía. Estos medios, argumentan, son más efectivos que la certificación de calidad otorgada por el gobierno, que es cara y poco profesional. La posible desventaja, en todo caso, es que pueden suceder desavenencias con los visitantes que las plataformas no tienen capacidad de juzgar sin margen de error y por ende pueden afectarles a largo plazo. Fuera de estos medios, se niegan a invertir más en publicidad, porque han encontrado que comunicar falta de disponibilidad a interesados, como ya les ha pasado, es contra-productivo para la imagen del lugar.