Posted On 15 Nov 2017
The Ministry of the Environment promotes programs for the improvement of agricultural practices that retain soil moisture and generate microclimates to diversify crops.
Ecuador is responsible for only 0.15% of the total carbon dioxide emissions; but since 1960, the maximum temperature of the country and the sea have increased, due to the climate change that the entire planet is facing.
This global problem is precisely addressed this week at the COP23 in Bonn (Germany).
The country, in the last years, presents a reduction of around 40% of the glaciers of the volcanoes Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Carihuairazo and Antisana.
Therefore, since 2012, the country counts with the Climate Change Strategy, which was developed by the Ministry of the Environment (MAE) and socialized with the municipalities.
The plan includes three basic aspects: adaptation, mitigation and reduction of emissions due to deforestation.
Within the first one is the Strengthening of the resilience of the communities due to the adverse effects of climate change (Foreccsa); program that addresses food security.
To this end, communities are trained in water supply for their farms. Thus, 23 reservoirs that increased water storage by 120,732 m3 were built.
“The weather changed. Sunny days are frequent and the land looks dry”, said Mercedes Andrango, a member of the Pitana Bajo community in the Cayambe canton (Pichincha). (I)