More than 3,000 people attended the official presentation of the provincial water agenda “Social Pact for Water”, which took place this Tuesday, March 22, in the coliseum of the Guamote canton, which has the objective of conserving natural resources, the preservation of the ecosystem, paramo and environmental remediation; to ensure water in conditions of quality and quantity; promoting good agricultural marketing practices in favor of the irrigators and agricultural producers of Chimborazo.
The event was attended by local and provincial authorities such as Juan Pablo Cruz, Prefect of Chimborazo; Luis Oleas, District Director of the MAG; Paúl Aulestia, National Director of Biodiversity MAATE; Karina Montúfar, Regional Coordinator of the Decentralized Process of the Pastaza River Basin INAMI; José Guamán, Delegate of the Government, among others; who committed to working in an articulated manner according to the water agenda.
“This agenda will allow us to continue with the work in the territory, as we have done since the beginning of this administration, with the lining of irrigation channels, repowering of irrigation systems, delivery of construction materials and others,” said Juan Pablo Cruz, Prefect of Chimborazo. For the construction of this input, criteria were collected from citizen assemblies, public, private, academic and social actors; taking into account that the view on irrigation must start from food security and sovereignty, because it guarantees the provision of food; medium that improves economic income because it increases productivity in agriculture; It has a direct relationship with the conservation of fragile ecosystems such as the paramo.
The instrument was built under this approach to solve structural problems such as poverty, which exceeds 47% in the rural sector, migration from the countryside to the city, which grows at rates of 2% per year, gender equity where more than 90 % of the leaders of the irrigation boards are men, to reduce the inequality gaps between the countryside and the city, to generate employment since 63% of the economically active population depends on this sector.
“This is everyone’s commitment so that this agenda is maintained in the coming years (…) and that they promote effective production systems,” explained Roberth Ríos, Director of Strategic Planning of the Provincial Government.
The agenda called “Social Pact for Water” focuses on four lines of action that are: 1. Water sustainability, adaptation and mitigation of Climate Change; 2. Technification and precision of irrigation; 3. Social innovation and solidarity economy; and Governance. A total of 42 activities will be carried out according to the proposed axes.
“We are going to guarantee the hydric resource (water), that is why the proposed axes are the main key to acting in coordination (…) we need citizen co-responsibility, that is why we intend to work on internal regulations that must be in the statutes of the irrigators”, said Danilo Basantes, Irrigation Analyst of the Prefecture of Chimborazo.
During the presentation, each authority and representatives of the institutions signed the agreement to start with the agenda.