SAN RAFAEL DE LA LAGUNA, ECUADOR — This year’s World Water Day, commemorated on Saturday, 22 March, and the International Year of Sanitation 2008 remind us that clean water is the fountain of life and health.
Water is also a source of development, as shown by the villagers of San Rafael de la Laguna, Ecuador. Through community action, this town transformed the contaminated waters of Lake Imbakucha into a fountain of growth using alternative and traditional technologies, winning third prize in the “Experiences in Social Innovation” competition in 2007. The contest is organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
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source: UN Press Centre, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
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