Involving local communities in contributing to the protection and conservation of Lake Atitlan, as a unique fresh water resource, is one of the principal objectives of CEC. The Lake nourishes ecosystems and biodiversity and sustains the life of the plants, animals and human beings. It provides the communities living around it with water for drinking, agriculture, fishing, domestic use and recreation. The need to protect it is urgent; the quality of life of the local communities depends on the sustainable quality of the water.
CEC’s water conservation and eco sanitation programmes focus on awareness raising, prevention; and practical solutions and demonstration sites. They will highlight examples of existing local solutions as well as appropriate solutions from other contexts. The themes are interrelated and include:
Practical workshops in