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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agrícolas y Pecuarias
We have worked in La Suiza micro-watershed as a learning pilot project in terms of integrated management of the entire territory, including risk reduction, public health, food security, sustainable production, conservation of natural resources and capacity building, in the context of changing climate. We have restored damaged areas and guaranteed forests’ conservation with economic incentives. We have promoted the use of short-cycles corn and bean seeds increasing yields and ensuring food security. We have also worked on production diversification, using milpa intercropped with fruit trees. To prevent water erosion we have reached community agreements to forbid agricultural burning, and built vegetative barriers and filtration dams. We have reduced by 95% diarrhea cases by managing a donation of a water treatment plant. We have invested on capacity building, reaching over 900 producers, on themes like integrated watershed management, risk reduction and disaster attention, conservation agriculture, biofertilzers, and seed selection, within others. In addition, an intercommunity group has been created with the objective of planning and managing the watershed’s natural resources in a sustainable and collective way.