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viernes, 6 de enero de 2023

The challenge of water, food and environmental defense; from the Territory

The Nace Project (Conservation R&D)

Somewhat forced by the political-social circumstances in our country, a constituent process rejected in between, added to the entire unprecedented process of living (or surviving) a fierce and unexpected pandemic, is that since 2019, with the technical assistance of the Embassy of Israel in Chile (Water and Agriculture), we began to work and develop the Nace Project (Water/Hydroponics), in alliance with national and foreign private companies, with whom we converge on the same challenge of going beyond non-contamination, of neutrality or zero emission and, from self-sufficiency, generate a trend and be able to be a real contribution, as an agent of change, in the capture of emissions, revaluing and eliminating waste, in a virtuous chain, which meets an essential objective that gives rise to the project: supply water demand in areas of high scarcity for human and agricultural consumption.

Currently, we are entering the execution phase of the project, on the brink of having the necessary maritime concessions that allow us to activate our model and proposal that, in parallel, develop the Campus Nace (Conservation R&D) that, through conservation, research, design and preparation of proposals aimed at finding solutions that help, or contribute, to mitigate and/or reverse climate change; becoming a space for the development and search for alternatives for agro-food production free of agrochemicals or pesticides, as well as the application of technology for the development and generation of energy.
Today's challenge is to be able to generate a smart city that links activism and defense with efficient proposals for the generation of solutions that not only do not pollute. That is to say, not to be left alone in mere criticism, but, once the problem has been identified, to set out to find solutions, ideally based on nature, that integrate science and technology within reach. The bet is to innovate, to be able to recycle, reduce, reuse and also reverse; or regenerate production processes in a negative carbon concept. For this reason, we are establishing an alliance with a French company (SMO), local municipalities that allow us to eliminate waste for the generation of H2V.
In summary, the Nace Project is an R&D technology project where the Israeli model is adapted for the production of water for human and agricultural consumption, in minimal-scale reverse osmosis plants that in advanced phases, from sea to coast, can be adapted to supply and/or feed basins or aquifers and is connected with the possibility of reducing, capturing and eliminating pollutants for the generation of clean energy (H2V), becoming a learning center open to the community permanently.

Yaku Yanapaki

Since 2009, together with the Waterkeeper Alliance, we have developed and raised a project with Waterkeeper programs in Latin America for the restoration and regeneration of coastal and riverside ecosystems, etc. The project is called Yaku Yanapaki (Water Defenders, in Quechua) and was one of the agreements committed to at the first conference of alliance member programs, in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, in 2019 (the next one will take place in 2023, in Guatemala). In this context, we have jointly developed regional campaigns (Latin America United for Clean Water), and we have also reinforced local campaigns that we carry out periodically (United for Clean Water; Planta Nativo (Reforestemos Foundation)). In fact, we are already organizing a new day for next March 19 in the framework of the international day of water, Cleaning and Restoration of local ecosystems.
In our "Native Plant" project (Conaf/Fundación Reforestemos) this pandemic we have focused on delivering more than 500 native trees (Boldo; Huingan; Quillay) for private reforestation in coastal properties, as a strategy for soil regeneration and as a mitigation of erosion processes linked to climate change. Projects have been developed with municipalities in the same sense, but with the difference that, previously, they have focused on goods or public property that comply with an ecological principle.

CAC – Communal Environmental Committee (Pelluhue)

As members of the Pelluhue Environmental Committee (CAC), we participate in different instances in the elaboration of strategies for the conservation of local rivers (Curanipe; Manzano; Mariscadero; Chovellen; Parrón) that allow evaluating their status, their level of consolidation as fragile sectors, humid and/or threatened, communicating their value and importance for conservation. Like the Curanipe coastal wetland river, for example, with the development of a joint strategy with the local municipality for its official declaration as an "Urban Wetland" under the Law for the Protection of Urban Wetlands" and, together with the CAC, they have Maintained and repaired informative stations of the Wetland circuit already installed.

Arcos de Calan Sanctuary 

Likewise, we participated in a work table and in workshops for the internal and adequate zoning of the recently declared Arcos de Calan Nature Sanctuary in the Pelluhue commune (See note 12).

Demand in trial process

Personally, I am still in the process of legal action against me by a real estate company (Costa Calan) that owns a subdivision in the southern sector of the sanctuary (Arcos de Calan). The process began in 2020 and this year it enters a trial process that I hope can put an end to this legal issue in which a vice was exposed, which today is evident due to the deregulation and little control that exists between urban and rural properties. First of all, on properties that adjoin public property and, as mentioned, due to the serious water shortage that our area and country are facing. This inefficiency in the system has allowed the destruction of other sectors and ecosystems of the Chilean coast; and that is just what we do not want to repeat.

Deposit of Solid Industrial Waste (DRIS - Constitution)

Finally, we resume support for residents of the Las Cañas sector, in Constitución, in relation to the Arauco forestry company waste dump. We are looking at communication strategies to make visible the conflict and possible impacts associated with the location of this Solid Industrial Waste Repository (DRIS) in the sector's water supply basin. Also, evaluating possible solutions.
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