“This river was not contaminated before, it was clear and full of fish, when people began to live in the margins, everything changed”.
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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.
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 Papallacta River waters (left) supply the great river Quijos, named for ancient pre-Columbian inhabitants of the region.
Despite being a strategic place to contain reserves of drinking water for Quito, Papallacta does not have a adequate system for wastewater treatment.
Germanico Montenegro, from the Puerto Mirador the Amazon tells how river gives life and peace.
Luis Tobar tells his life story in Papallacta, where “there is always the little water.”
We are on the course from the cold moors of Cajas River to Paute River.
The Upano River holds its presence, snaking from the Andes to the Amazon.
Creeks and waterfalls feed the Pastaza River, which crosses communities of provinces Tungurahua and Morona Santiago, dependents on this vital element.