EcoLogic is working with local a coalition known as the Northern Border Municipalities Alliance (MFN) in northern Guatemala. Together, EcoLogic and MFN have organized the protection and conservation of 85 hectares under active community involvement. Specifically, 30 volunteer guards from the area have been trained to patrol their forest and lead their community in land protection.
“I understand the importance of the protection and conservation of natural resources, like others, every day we are more concerned about the situation of the environment,” said Don José Salvador Toc when asked why he signed up to be a forest guard.
The local people who make up the MFN are striving to protect and restore more of their forest so that their lives, homes, and water sources will no longer be threatened.
EcoLogic works with 27 communities in Honduras supporting a regional, community-led Association of Water Committees (AJAASSPIB) that oversees the provision of clean drinking water to the residents of the communities.
Recently EcoLogic Program Officer Gina Rindfleisch met with AJAASSPIB President Don Carlos in Honduras and was shown the inner workings of the water sanitation system. The system is made up of over a dozen chlorine tablets through which the water runs before it enters, and is stored in the water tank. The tablets must be replaced, on average, every two weeks. The system ensures that when community members turn on their faucets they know the water they are giving their families is clean and safe to drink.
Don Carlos said, “We dream that this project is going to grow more… and we can arrive at a moment in which we can assert our voices at a national level so it can work for the benefit of the communities and we can assure that the water is going to be here for a long time.”
EcoLogic and AJAASSPIB have been working together for over five years to execute a watershed management strategy that prevents water shortages. We look forward to continuing to build the institutional capacity of AJAASSPIB to extend their reach and influence even further in 2012 and help even more communities have access to safe, reliable drinking water.
EcoLogic is working with rural communities in the Gulf of San Miguel, Panama to ensure reliable access to clean, safe drinking water. EcoLogic made strides last year working with the water board of each village and holding community consultations. The consultations help EcoLogic understand what is the greatest need to the community and how best to implement sustainable solutions. Their main concerns included access to clean drinking water.
Over the past year, EcoLogic has been working with several communities in the Gulf of San Miguel, including Puerto Lara and Punta Alegre. In Puerto Lara we have established a tree nursery which has the capacity to produce 10,000 seedlings a year for enriching and repopulating the nearby microwatershed. In Punta Alegre - a village that has existed for over 100 years without access to clean, reliable drinking water – the community came together and identified a location to build an aqueduct.
Doña Ovina Hurtado, a community leader from the region said, “[This work] is important because EcoLogic is motivating us to obtain clean water. It has opened our eyes, so that we are more cautious and we do not damage our environment. Aside from EcoLogic, we were abandoned, like all the governments have done.”
With your help we can continue to protect the health of communities and ecosystems in the Gulf of San Miguel.