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MingAgua: Collective Water Project in Municipalities of Boyacá

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Partners: 4 instituciones educativas de Corrales y Tibasosa
Colombian Federation of Municipalities
Corpoboyacá
El Agua Nos Une - Suizagua Latinoamérica
Fundación Holcim
Holcim
Municipal Mayor’s Office of Corrales
Municipal Mayor’s Office of Firavitoba
Municipal Mayor’s Office of Tibasosa
RAPE (Región Central)
Red de Gestores del Agua RedGIA
Countries: Colombia
Regions: Colombia, Magdalena
Project SDGs:
Includes Sustainable Development Goals from the project and its locations.
Protect and Restore Ecosystems (SDG 6.6)
Stakeholder Participation (SDG 6.b)
Services Needed: Policy advocacy
Monitoring & evaluation
Desired Partners: Academic Institution
Government
Project Type: Collective Action
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Dec. 2017  »  Ongoing
Project Source: El Agua nos Une
Profile Completion: 69%

Project Overview

Promote collective actions for the integral and sustainable management of water in the communities within the area of influence of Holcim (Colombia), executed in its first phase in Boyacá.

Focus A - Restoration and Conservation of Water Recharge Areas in Rural Aqueducts

Awareness:

  • Joint development of social maps and strategy for the protection and recovery of the Guática Andean moorland and management of the Calavern...

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Promote collective actions for the integral and sustainable management of water in the communities within the area of influence of Holcim (Colombia), executed in its first phase in Boyacá.

Focus A - Restoration and Conservation of Water Recharge Areas in Rural Aqueducts

Awareness:

  • Joint development of social maps and strategy for the protection and recovery of the Guática Andean moorland and management of the Calavernas, Diravita Alto and La Victoria rural aqueducts in Firavitoba.
  • Integrated Network of Water Managers for training and environmental awareness around water culture aimed at children, youth and adults.

Integral Water Management - Reforestation and Conservation:

  • Construction of reforestation and conservation strategies.
  • Cleaning during the Minga with training and technical support.
  • Measurement of water quality and quantity in 4 rural settlements: Guática, Calavernas, Diravita Alto, La Victoria.
  • Preliminary assessment and organizational coordination for the collective management of water, sustainable management of ecosystems and reforestation material, use and maintenance of supply infrastructure.

Water with a Purpose:

  • Support for organizational capabilities for collective water management.
  • Ecosystem characterization (possible partnership with higher education institutions).
  • Sustainable ecosystem management (Fences, plants for the protection of water, wildlife corridors, protection for the micro-basin, informative signage).
  • Collaboration with the E cient Water Use and Savings Plan (PUEAA).

Water Festival:

  • Minga and community events around the appropriation of the project.
  • Recognition of the rural settlement with the greatest decrease in water consumption (Minga to build water harvest facilities)

Focus B - Design, Construction and Management of Water Harvest Systems

Awareness:

  • Collaboration among territorial actors, the four educational institutions and the community leaders.
  • Engagement with "Computadores para Educar" with installation of the Yaku Adventure game to create training processes around water in these schools. Developed in the framework of the global program of Water Iniciative of Swiss Cooperation (www.aventurayaku.com).
  • Creation of a youth group of water managers, trained by local community leaders (2018 - 2019).
  • Collaboration with the Network of Water Managers for training and environmental awareness processes around water culture aimed at children, youth and adults.

Integral Water Management – Water Harvesting:

  • Collective design of water harvest strategies with the children of the community supported by a Holcim engineer.
  • Evaluation of infrastructure, system design and installation of water harvesting systems in each of the rural educational centers in a participatory work with the communities.

Water with a Purpose:

  • Engage the project with community gardens and storage of water in times of drought.
  • Engagement with the community: community leaders (community action board, schools’ environmental club). Participation in an event for the design of applications and use of water harvests.

Water Festival:

  • Minga and community events around the appropriation of the project and execution of other actions in favor of the improvement of the school and community facilities with the support of municipal mayor’s o ffices.

Project Results

The project proposes the promotion of integral water management based on the intervention of all social actors and with an impact on community processes to manage the resource. Community processes will be strengthened based on the integration of knowledge and practices for the recognition of the environment from the potential of water in areas with water shortages.

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Gustavo Flórez Restrepo
Coordinador Responsabilidad Social Corporativa
Lafarge SA

Additional contacts:  Claudio Rivera

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