Ashoka Fellow
Costa Rica
Fellow depuis 2008
Ashoka commemorates and celebrates the life and work of this deceased Ashoka Fellow.
    Cette description du travail de Alvaro Francisco Ugalde Víquez a été rédigée lors de sa sélection comme Fellow Ashoka en 2008.
    Introduction
    Alvaro Ugalde is an environmental leader who helped establish the Costa Rican national park system. Although the pristine nature of the parks continues to be maintained, the surrounding lands and water systems are deteriorating because of deforestation and exploitive farming, aggressive developers, and changing government policies. Alvaro and the Nectandra Institute are helping adjacent communities in the La Balsa Watershed, to understand the importance of a clean and healthy watershed and to recognize the scarcity of water and the forests that surround rivers, as a challenge of their own. Ecosystem education is empowering local people to take responsibility for the protection and preservation of their drinking and irrigation water. Through projects in restoration and sustainable agriculture and an ecological credit concept called Ecological Loans, Alvaro and his colleagues, are helping the communities, in fomenting a new consciousness about water that can save the world’s watersheds: A new culture of water.
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