All pictures by Johanniter/K. Wesenberg
On 2 October, Johanniter International Assistance came together with its local partner organisations Fundación Heifer Ecuador and IEDECA to conduct a discussion forum addressing climate change.
In recent decades, more and more people had to move to the highlands of Ecuador to cultivate the land. Around 30 per cent of the sensitive highland regions have currently eroded, and the natural water storage capacity has drastically decreased. During the drought, the water supply is critically reduced, especially in the capital Quito. Johanniter International Assistance is working on the project “Páramo II” to protect the highland zones and find sustainable solutions for water catchment and conservation.
In the final stage of this local project, our German JOIN member invited more than 400 participants to join the event in Quito for sharing and discussing project experiences. The overall project goal was the creation of local capacities for sustainable highland management as a contribution to climate protection. Additionally, systems of small-scale agricultural production were adapted to the effects of climate change in the past years. Representatives of indigenous communities and families, from local and national government and experts for climate change and agroecology from the University Andina Simón Bolívarto, discussed ways to achieve the continuity of actions in the territory, as a contribution to the implementation of the community management model.