Project for the recovery of aquifers through the Implementation of Ancestral Practices and Community Dialogue in the Municipality of Tecoluca, Department of San Vicente.
This project seeks the generation of community skills for the rescue of aquifers by means of the application of ancestral knowledge and socio-environmental dialogue for the restoration of water infiltration lands, through an agroforestry system model and a canal of water infiltration.
Currently the project is executed in Forest 1: Cerro la Cucaracha. Canton Potrerillo, Municipality of Tecoluca, Department of San Vicente, between the geographic coordinates -88º48'10.64 "13º33'32.58" and with an approximate elevation of 509 msnm.
Components of the Project
Component 1: Landscape Restoration and Implementation of Agroforestry Systems: As a first component, our project seeks the restoration of approximately 3 blocks of land currently deforested and eroded, located on the "La Cucaracha" hill adjacent to the Tehuacán Ecological Park, with immediacy to the broken with the same name, which for years due to its abandonment and its undesirable characteristics for the annual agriculture of the area, has been the victim of fires, overgrazing and constant erosion. This restoration is currently implemented through the construction of an agroforestry system of terraces and level curves. It is also implemented as a short-term measure in response to the need for infiltration of water into the subsoil of the area, the construction of an absorption channel.
Component 2: Seed Bank for Adaptation to Climate Change and Rescue of Agricultural Heritage. The second component is currently a seed bank, which contributes to the adaptation to climate change and the preservation of forest and fruit species in the area. This will be fed by those native species of the Tehuacán Ecological Park and those that are conserved by the Salvadoran indigenous peoples, this will contribute to the conservation of local and national genetic resources, thus providing sustainability in the future to the agroforestry system that aims to create the project; as well as to the rescue of national identity and agricultural heritage.
Finally the hill the cockroach is contiguous to the Protected Natural Area Tehuacán, this natural area consists of about seventy blocks of land, historically identified by its ancestral value as Toltec ceremonial center. According to the investigations carried out, it is believed that the ceremonial center was dedicated to Tlezcatipocatl, the twin brother of Quetzalcoatl. Due to its historical importance, the Iris Foundation of Central America - Partners El Salvador, considers it necessary to rescue the identity heritage of the area, which is currently carried out within the framework of the project through significant agricultural practices for the cosmovision of indigenous peoples, implementing together to it Community dialogues and training in ancestral knowledge.