In Rio Congo, in the Gulf of San Miguel, EcoLogic recently helped to establish a Waste Commission. The Commission is comprised of nine community members and has overseen the installation of 11 composting systems and 11 can compactors. Also, the Commission has created and distributed a waste management guide to schools and public buildings while training a total of 93 villagers on proper trash disposal and composting techniques.
EcoLogic and rural communities are getting the word out and working together to establish a sustainable change in the Gulf. With your help we can continue the momentum and increase our efforts to protect communities, families, and the rich biodiversity of the Gulf through community-run waste-management systems.
Our partner AJAASSPIB won the United Nations Equator prize recognizing their work in leading communities to conserve, restore and sustainably manage local water resources! EcoLogic nominated AJAASSPIB with confidence because of our close collaboration with the community organization. We work to promote their successes so they gain needed support. Doing so also helps get the word out about the ways the EcoLogic community is solving problems. As part of our mandate to strengthen community governance structures and leadership abilities, EcoLogic was instrumental in helping establish AJAASSPIB in 2003, and have worked with them since on activities including reforestation; the installation of fuel-efficient cooking stoves; the mapping, legal demarcation and protection of watersheds; and environmental awareness campaigns.
The goal of the Equator prize of the United Nations Development Programme is to “recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature and resilient communities.” AJAASSPIB was one of 25 organizations world-wide selected to win from the more than 800 nominations received. AJAASSPIB will receive $5,000 for program activities and an AJAASSPIB former President, Zumilda Duarte, will travel to the Rio +20 conference in June. At Rio, Zumilda will participate in special trainings, workshops and networking events sponsored by the Equator Initiative.
In the communities of Totonicapán, Guatemala, we have recently built 75 stoves. Each stove represents a family that can breathe easier in their home due to the benefits of having a new, fuel-efficient stove with a chimney that channels smoke outside the home and away from the lungs of family members, including women and children. EcoLogic’s program includes hands-on workshops in which women learn how to build and properly maintain their stoves. As part of the program families must also commit to some form of environmental stewardship. This can range from tending to a community tree nursery, engaging in sustainable agriculture, or reforesting areas around water sources.
To date, 50 of the goal of 75 families, across 7 communities, have supported the production of native trees to be planted in one of 8 nurseries in Totonicapán!
The holistic element of family participation through environmental stewardship has proven to be an essential element of the program and one of the key reasons for its success.
With your continued support we will expand out project and meet our goals.