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Zia Parker
Zia Parker
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San Jose Barrio, Vilcabamba, Loja province, EC
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Sub tropical

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Zia Parker

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Rural, Commercial, Intentional Communities, Community, Demonstration, Educational, Financial Economic, Political

Project Summary

Where Water Security meets Reforestation

Project Description

This project involves heightening local awareness of the reality of local deforestation, the potential for morphing to desertification, and solutions to address the intertwined issues. We have a good start on a small scale model of water harvesting and water retention landscaping integrated with intensive production and food forest at our .5 hectare Finca Vida Verde, and plans for extending our model. We are now fundraising to extend our educational programs to neighborhood based "juntas de agua" (water boards). Many of them operate by "mingas", (member work parties). We seek to incentivize implementation of water retention landscaping valley-wide. for a scheme to reforest our valley. Since Vilcabamba valley is world renoun for longevity, if we are successful, the influence of such a project could be big! See the pdf below for more.


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