Save A Life: Access to clean water

Increase in tourism has put high demand on the local water supply in Peru. Working in partnership we aim to conserve and protect the natural sources within Peru.

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With the increase in tourism and demand for water supply for local farming there is an urgent need for water management and conservation efforts in the Cusco area. This project is focused on Water Conservation to improve the lifestyles of the communities that live at the source, the Cusco inhabitants, as well as those that visit this amazing Human Heritage.

The Sub-basin Hatunmayu province of Anta and districts, Urubamba district of Chincheros (micro-basin Piuray Ccorimarca) is the source of water of nearly 40% of Cusco´s population. The main economic activities around the Piuray Lake (Laguna de Piuray) are agriculture and sheep farming; both have a direct impact to the lake. The Cusco´s Water Utility (SEDACUSCO) has decided to create a fund for ecosystemic services in the micro-basin Piuray-CCorimarca. Water fees now include a percentage devoted to conserve the water quality of the lake as well as to reduce the vulnerability of the lake but there is more work to be done. Two main problems: water diminution and a growing pressure from the Cusco Water Utility to fulfil the needs of a growing tourist population and new inhabitants.

PROTECTING AND RESTORING CRITICALLY IMPORTANT HABITATS THAT CLEAN WATER AT ITS SOURCE

INFILTRATION DITCHES: the goal of this group of activities is to retain water, stop erosion and avoid landslides. As a result it is expected to regenerate wetlands. This activity requires physical work to dig a hole between 20 and 40 cm deep every 10 meters.
PROTECTION OF SPRINGS: Protect the source of spring by building fences around it. This activity requires physical work to dig a hole to plant poles and to stretch the mesh
BUILDING OR RECOVERY OF TERRACES: this Inca strategy still active in the Peruvian Andean populations has great potential to restores areas for agriculture
REFORESTATION: is a key component to strengthen all the above mentioned strategies. This activity requires physical work to dig a hole to plant trees.

In the long run, TNC’s goal is to create a water fund to sustain conservation activities.

With the increase in tourism and demand for water supply for local farming there is an urgent need for water management and conservation efforts in the Cusco area. This project is focused on Water Conservation to improve the lifestyles of the communities that live at the source, the Cusco inhabitants, as well as those that visit this amazing Human Heritage.

The Sub-basin Hatunmayu province of Anta and districts, Urubamba district of Chincheros (micro-basin Piuray Ccorimarca) is the source of water of nearly 40% of Cusco´s population. The main economic activities around the Piuray Lake (Laguna de Piuray) are agriculture and sheep farming; both have a direct impact to the lake. The Cusco´s Water Utility (SEDACUSCO) has decided to create a fund for ecosystemic services in the micro-basin Piuray-CCorimarca. Water fees now include a percentage devoted to conserve the water quality of the lake as well as to reduce the vulnerability of the lake but there is more work to be done. Two main problems: water diminution and a growing pressure from the Cusco Water Utility to fulfil the needs of a growing tourist population and new inhabitants.

PROTECTING AND RESTORING CRITICALLY IMPORTANT HABITATS THAT CLEAN WATER AT ITS SOURCE

INFILTRATION DITCHES: the goal of this group of activities is to retain water, stop erosion and avoid landslides. As a result it is expected to regenerate wetlands. This activity requires physical work to dig a hole between 20 and 40 cm deep every 10 meters.
PROTECTION OF SPRINGS: Protect the source of spring by building fences around it. This activity requires physical work to dig a hole to plant poles and to stretch the mesh
BUILDING OR RECOVERY OF TERRACES: this Inca strategy still active in the Peruvian Andean populations has great potential to restores areas for agriculture
REFORESTATION: is a key component to strengthen all the above mentioned strategies. This activity requires physical work to dig a hole to plant trees.

In the long run, TNC’s goal is to create a water fund to sustain conservation activities.

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