“This river was not contaminated before, it was clear and full of fish, when people began to live in the margins, everything changed”.
Andes Agua Amazonía
Despite being different, the Andes mountains and the Amazon forests are part of the same system: the water rises in the mountains, travels thousands of miles and flood plains feeding the planet’s most biodiverse forests. Decision makers, leaders, and many times, the inhabitants of the Amazon basin, not consider or know this relationship. Natural resources are used causing impact on ecosystems and people that depend on them, either upstream or downstream. A problem that affects from small communities to large cities in countries that share the Amazon waters. Andes Water Amazon project is a joint effort of various organizations to communicate the features, beauty and fragility of an important natural system for everyone. Use resources such as photos, videos, stories and reports to unveil what themes and protagonists in this vast environment full of life and culture.Embora diferentes, as montanhas andinas e as florestas amazônicas são parte de um mesmo sistema: a água nascida nos cumes percorre milhares de quilomêtros e inunda as planícies alimentando as matas mais biodiversas do planeta. O projeto Andes Água Amazônia é um esforço conjunto de diversas organizações para comunicar as peculiaridades, belezas e fragilidades de um sistema natural importante para todo o mundo. Utiliza recursos como fotos, vídeos, crônicas e reportagens para desvendar quais são os temas e seus protagonistas neste imenso ambiente cheio de vida e cultura.Pese a ser diferentes, las montañas andinas y los bosques amazónicos son parte de un mismo sistema: el agua que nasce en las cumbres, recorre miles de kilómetros e inunda las planicies alimentando las selvas más biodiversas del planeta. El proyecto Andes Agua Amazonía es un esfuerzo conjunto de diversas organizaciones para comunicar las peculiaridades, bellezas y fragilidades de un sistema natural importante para todo el mundo. Utiliza recursos como fotos, videos, crónicas y reportajes para desvendar cuáles son los temas y sus protagonistas en este inmenso ambiente lleno de vida y cultura.
The Páramo of the Virgin, the highest part of the road Quito – Amazon
The Paramo of the Virgin is the highest point (4,000 meters) of the road east of the country. Is one of the main water reservoirs of Quito.
The encounter of Papallacta and Quijos rivers
The Papallacta River waters (left) supply the great river Quijos, named for ancient pre-Columbian inhabitants of the region.
Papallacta, strategic place
Despite being a strategic place to contain reserves of drinking water for Quito, Papallacta does not have a adequate system for wastewater treatment.
Paute, from the cold moors of Cajas to the power source
We are on the course from the cold moors of Cajas River to Paute River.
Upano, from the Andes to the Amazon
The Upano River holds its presence, snaking from the Andes to the Amazon.
Water and its path to the Pastaza
Creeks and waterfalls feed the Pastaza River, which crosses communities of provinces Tungurahua and Morona Santiago, dependents on this vital element.
The water, from the moor of Papallacta to the Quijos river
Andes Agua Amazonia narrates the journey through the Cayambe Coca Park, from the upper parts to the San Rafael waterfall.
“The park is beautiful, imagine be able to show the intact nature to your children”
Cajas National Park is the main water source for Cuenca, but today is threatened by visitors who throw their trash and burn the forest.
“The lakes are the most precious treasure that has the community”
On the slopes of Urco Mount Dora Paña lives, where their days pass between the history, myths, and beauty of the Atillo – Ozogoche lake system.