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Experience of virtual reality

Understand
the challenges of the
water management

Exploring the water journey from source to city by giving a voice to the actors of change by showing their challenges and solutions, by teleporting to inaccessible places.

Here begins a long (virtual) journey, from the high Andean peaks to the coastal zones, in order to better understand the challenges related to this essential but also fragile resource. Its cycle, disrupted by climate variability, and its quality affected by our activities, lead actors to rethink their practices in a constantly changing world: urban and agricultural expansion, the resilience of drinking water networks, community participation, ecosystem services and wastewater management are topics that you will explore in depth during this excursion in order to become involved in the necessary transitions and transformations.

Experience of virtual reality

Experience of

virtual reality

Understand
the challenges of the
water management

Understanding the challenges of water management

Exploring the water journey from source to city by giving a voice to the actors of change by showing their challenges and solutions, by teleporting to inaccessible places.
Here begins a long (virtual) journey, from the high Andean peaks to the coastal zones, in order to better understand the challenges related to this essential but also fragile resource. Its cycle, disrupted by climate variability, and its quality affected by our activities, lead actors to rethink their practices in a constantly changing world: urban and agricultural expansion, the resilience of drinking water networks, community participation, ecosystem services and wastewater management are topics that you will explore in depth during this excursion in order to become involved in the necessary transitions and transformations.

Water for Abancay
and their communities

This valley nestled in the heart of the Apurimac is a laboratory for water cooperation and the functioning of nature-based infrastructure to meet current and future needs. Equitable water sharing, uncontrolled urban sprawl and wastewater treatment remain major challenges.

PERU

Guatemala

Urban Waters
in the Marqués Valley

Located in the north-east of the Guatemalan volcanic arc, these 5 municipalities have professionalised their drinking water management services: automation, organisation, works and political will have borne fruit. At the same time, uses are improved through innovative agricultural practices or rainwater harvesting. However, threats such as waste management, deforestation or sewage affect this resource.

Guatemala

Costa Rica

ASADAS
resilient

Around the Greater San José Metropolitan Area, numerous associative water operators work every day to provide drinking water to the population. Despite limited resources, they strive for greater equity and participation, and also seek to increase their resilience in the face of major climatic events or unexpected contamination by agricultural fungicides.

Guatemala

Uruguay

Uruguay

El Salvador

El Salvador

Colombia

Colombia

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About the initiative

The virtual reality experience provides a sensory, visual and auditory immersion, in the areas covered by the six projects Urban Water of the Euroclima+ programme, from the ecosystems that regulate water services to the urban and agricultural areas where water is used. These journeys follow the water route to provide a dynamic understanding of the technical and institutional challenges. The virtual reality scenes act as an interactive library where visitors can access informative material (interviews, infographics, photos, reports, etc.).

The objectives of the platform are (i) to produce original and innovative audiovisual material suitable for mass dissemination, (ii) to raise awareness on proper water resources management and climate change impacts, (iii) to contribute to behavioural change and promote good practices in water and land use, (iv) to improve local knowledge and understanding of the area by telling stories of change, (v) to influence political and financial authorities towards rational decision making, and (vi) to recognise and value the work and commitment of local actors.

Key partners

EUROCLIMA+ is a regional cooperation programme between the European Union and 18 Latin American countries focused on public policies to combat climate change. Its Urban Water Management sectoral component, with a budget of almost €10 million, seeks to strengthen the resilience of urban areas through better water management, improve access to drinking water for the most vulnerable populations and guarantee the quality and quantity of water resources to reduce negative impacts on health and the environment.

This platform is an original creation, developed by Nicolas Villaume, French photographer and National Geographic Explorer based in Lima, in close cooperation with Vincent Merme, expert in water and climate policy based in Bogotá, and technical coordinator of this initiative. The project is part of the Knowledge Management, and Communication and Visibility activities of the programme, carried out by the French Development Agency through its Technical Assistance (the Hydroconseil - Vega & Jaramillo Communications consortium) and with funding from the European Union.

Co-financed by

Implemented by

Partners & collaborators

L'Agence Française de Développement, a public and solidarity-based bank, is the implementing agency of Euroclima and the main promoter of this initiative.
The Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, the main management body of the Spanish Cooperation, is the implementing agency of Euroclima.
The European Union, through the Directorate General INTPA, funder of the Euroclima programme.
Nicolas Villaume, photographer, National Geographic Explorer, producer and editor of all multimedia content on the platform, and of the virtual reality structure.
Consultant, focused on strengthening essential public services for vulnerable populations, and AFD Technical Assistant for Euroclima.
Writing and multimedia content creation company for different platforms, and AFD Technical Assistant for Euroclima.

Project partners

Acknowledgements

General

  • Nicolas VILLAUME (Photographer Lima)
  • Vincent MERME-DARRIGRAND (Hydroconseil)
  • Marjorie MICHEL (AFD Paris)
  • Sylvain LEFEBVRE (AFD Bogotá)
  • Sergio GARRIDO (AECID San José)
  • Camila GRANADOS (Vega&Jaramillo)
  • Marie MOREL (Hydroconseil)

PERU

  • Marco SOTOMAYOR (Helvetas Peru)
  • Musuq Briceño (Helvetas Peru)
  • Luis Alban (Helvetas Peru)
  • Kaspar Schmidt (Helvetas Peru)
  • Hernan IBARRA (Helvetas Peru)
  • Rosaura VILLAFUERTE (Helvetas Peru)
  • Ronal CERVANTES (SUNASS)
  • Mayra ESTRADA (SUNASS)
  • Wilber HUILLCA (EMUSAP Abancay)
  • Raúl HUAMAN (EMUSAP Abancay)
  • Iván JURO (Micaela Bastidas)
  • Heduen ESTRELLA (AFD Peru)
  • Augusto RAMÍREZ (CEDES Abancay)
  • Yeny SEQUIERA (inhabitant)
  • Janeth PAMPA (Irrigation Committee)

Guatemala

  • Hania MAZARIEGOS (Helvetas Gt)
  • Rodrigo CASTILLA (Helvetas Gt)
  • Grover MAMANI (Helvetas Gt)
  • Rigliana PORTUGAL (Helvetas Gt)
  • Nelton FUENTES (Helvetas Gt)
  • Alberto SANDOVAL (DEAGUAS EPG)
  • Wilson BONILLA (DEAGUAS EPG)
  • Mauro LÓPEZ (Peasant Villa Hermosa)
  • Edwin OROZCO (DEAGUAS EPG)
  • Pedro MUNGUÍA (EPG Legal Adviser)
  • José D. de LEÓN (MSPAS)
  • José MIRANDA (DAPMA SPS)
  • Julio OROZCO (DEAGUAS SPS)
  • Victor OROZCO (Solid Waste Management SPS)
  • Ever LÓPEZ (DAPMA SCC)
  • Herbert de LEÓN (Ixtagel Village SM)
  • Lorena GUDIEL (User of EPG water service)
  • José Domingo de LEÓN (EMAP SM)
  • Marvin BARRIOS (EMAP SM)
  • Elber AGUILAR (farmer)
  • Glendy BAUTISTA (farmer)
  • Leonel OROZCO (WWTP Operator)
  • Hugo AGUILAR (DEAGUAS SAS)

Costa Rica

  • Esteban MONJE (CEDARENA)
  • Sara CASCANTE (CEDARENA)
  • Rodolfo GAMBOA (ASADA San José de la Montaña)
  • Sulay CHAVARRÍA (ASADA SJDLM)
  • Sharon CHAVERRI (ASADA SJdlM)
  • Aida HERNANDEZ (ASADA SJdlM)
  • Felicia MONTERO (ASADA SJdlM)
  • Ingrid LÓPEZ (ASADA SJDLM)
  • José SÁNCHEZ (ASADA Santa Rosa de Oreamuno)
  • Erick MORA (ASADA Santa Rosa de Oreamuno)
  • Hector MORRA (ASADA SRdO)
  • Daniel UREÑA (CEDARENA)
  • Alexander GOMEZ (ASADA SRdO)
  • Alejandro UREÑA (ASADA San Gabriel)
  • Róger ABARCA (ASADA San Gabriel)
  • Janette MORA (San Gabriel School)
  • Mariano UMAÑA (ASADA San Lorenzo de Tarrazú)
  • Álvaro CAMPOS (ASADA San Lorenzo de Tarrazú)
  • Jonathan NAVARRO (ASADA San Lorenzo de Tarrazú)
  • Javier RODRÍGUEZ (ASADA de Carrizal de Alajuela)
  • Lilliana FERNÁNDEZ (ASADA de Carrizal de Alajuela)
  • Francisco ÁLVAREZ (ASADA de Carrizal de Alajuela)
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