30 young community leaders from Champerico, Retalhuleu broadened their knowledge in risk management, thanks to a fieldtrip to the Private Institute for Climate Change Research -ICC- and the Canoguitas Village. The fieldtrip was held yesterday.

In the morning, the young students learned more about risk management through a talk facilitated by the professionals of the ICC. They also visited the rainwater harvesting systems installed at the ICC and a reservoir.

During the afternoon, students visited the “Delta 3” station of the CONRED’s Early Warning System for the Coyolate basin, where Antonio Palomino, CONRED’s volunteer explained the process of monitoring the river’s streamflow. They also visited the Canoguitas Village in Nueva Concepcion, Escuintla, where they met a mitigation work -the dykes of the Coyolate River-, and learned more about the experience of building such project. Nelson Yanes, president of ASOBORDAS, explained the process of building the dykes and talked about the benefits that this is giving to the community.

Student leaders

The fieldtrip held yesterday is part of the “Community Adaptation to Climate Change” training, which is given to community leaders by the Private Institute for Climate Change Research -ICC- and funded by the scholarship fund “Study Opportunities” of the Association of Guatemalan Sugar Producers ASAZGUA.

Other sessions

Simultaneously, the “Community Adaptation to Climate Change” training is developed in other locations including Tecun Uman and La Blanca, in San Marcos, San Antonio and La Vega, Suchitepequez, San Sebastian, Retalhuleu, and Tiquisate, Escuintla.

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