Join For Water and its partners are working on drawing up management plans, marking protection zones, and restoring the ecosystem. Together with the coffee farmers, cattle breeders and farmers, they strive for better irrigation methods, and engage in agroforestry. Our partner NCI specialises in ecosystem restoration and is already active in the zone.
By protecting ecosystems, also in legal terms, they can continue to provide their services, like offering safe drinking water. Our partner Protos EC has a lot of experience in providing and managing access to drinking water, and deals with social cohesion and the claiming the right to water.
There will also be training and exchanges for local organisations, partners and other stakeholders.
Join For Water started its activities in Ecuador in 1997 and left Ecuador in the good hands of Protos EC in 2016. Under that name, the local Join For Water team continued its operations in Ecuador. Protos EC remained a partner of Join For Water.
Join For Water took an active role in the process that culminated in a constitution (2008) that prohibits the privatisation of drinking water and considers water a common good.
Join For Water worked intensively in the Andean province of Cañar. Most of the communities there now have clean drinking water and have united with the drinking water committees in a unified platform that works together with the local authorities. Integrated water management became the guiding principle for agriculture in the region. The same approach applied to Saraguro in the province of Loja, located even further south.
A second important zone for Join For Water was the coastal province of Esmeraldas, with the cantons of Rio Verde and Muisne. Join For Water helped ensure that disadvantaged population groups also had access to water and safe sanitation.
Join For Water had not previously been active in Peru.