Todos por el Agua: The vision of a shared solution in San Miguel de Allende
Todos por el Agua promotes collaboration between us, the water users, and rural communities in order to improve and protect San Miguel de Allende’s surface- and groundwater. A farmer may be able to sell their corn or vegetables, but they do not benefit if they practice responsible agriculture that conserves soil, water and natural ecosystems. Water has an irreplaceable value for our lives, but its protection does not have a value in traditional markets. Can we find a way to support the responsible management of San Miguel’s landscape?
Ensuring a more sustainable future for San Miguel de Allende requires that all its citizens share the costs, benefits, and risks of water use and conservation through a system of Payment for Environmental Services. Currently, the labor and money required for the proper management of soils and other natural resources are too costly for our small farmers and rural communities. Todos por el Agua is a public and transparent system for collaboration in which local water users pay farmers and other landowners in the upper watershed to protect and restore their land to promote the retention and infiltration of water and the biodiversity of native ecosystems. At the same time, Todos por el Agua is promoting a “culture” of water conservation that will reduce water use and facilitate a clear connection between water users and their rural neighbors.
Organizational Structure of Todos por el Agua
Salvemos al Río Laja, A.C. (S.R.L.), is a tax-exempt nonprofit that manages Todos por el Agua under guidance from a voluntary Technical Council and the boards of Salvemos al Río Laja and Ecosystem Sciences Foundation.
Beneficiaries (direct and indirect) of the program
1. Water users of San Miguel de Allende. (150 000 residents).
2. Rural inhabitants and small landowners of San Miguel de Allende who are “Watershed Service Providers.”
3. Municipal water providers in San Miguel de Allende.
4. Nonprofit social and environmental groups.
5. Federal, state and municipal government agencies.
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