Sustainable Communities Pillar: Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency
Project Title: Impulsando el desarrollo de comunidades sostenibles por medio de la apropiación de buenas prácticas ambientales y la producción de energía limpia con enfoque de usos productivos y resilencia a los desastres naturales.
Implementer: Fundación Solar
Background: The micro watersheds of Xeúl Canchel and Chibalám Chimachó are located in Cubulco municipality, Baja Verapaz department, in the northern area of Guatemala. As in most watersheds in the country, the quality of life of the people in these two, especially for women and children, is affected by respiratory diseases due to the use of open fires inside the households; gastrointestinal diseases due to the lack of knowledge about excrete handling; inadequate environmental practices that enlarge the socio environmental threats; and the income, which is for most, below the minimum wage.
Through this project, Fundación Solar will promote the integral development of four communities through a sustainable approach, in the microwatersheds mentioned. To accomplish this, the adoption of biodigestion technologies will be facilitated, to produce clean energy which will be beneficial socially, environmentally, and economically because the sustainable management of organic residue (excretes) is promoted, to turn them into a resource to generate biogas (renewable energy), thus reducing carbon emissions generated by wood consumption, and the related diseases.
In addition of the biogas produced by this technology, bio-fertilizer will be produced, which will be used for: the appropriation of good environmental practices, such as the construction of terraces, live and dead barriers to reduce the socio-environmental threats in the community, as well as improvement in the yield of grains such as beans and corn, and the promotion of productive projects like fertilizer boxes and nurseries. All this, through participative methods where the community members are the main actors in the transformation of their community into a sustainable one.
Objective: Reduce carbon emissions and indoor pollution from the use of wood through the implementation of organic waste biodigestion technology for the production of biogas, strengthen the productive use of organic composting and adopt sustainable environmental practices in the micro watersheds of Xeúl Canchel and Chibalám Chimachó.
Produced by Telemedellin "Soy Natural"
Available Documents:Project Proposal l Signed Sub-Project Agreement l Response to Request for Clarification l Work Plan and Logical Framework l Partial Report l Final Report