As part of its commitment to supporting the community and lifestock in Chihuahua, WSPA is investing in water management for the drought-stricken area of Chihuahua, in the north of Mexico, where livestock continues to struggle for survival.
Following our recent reports it’s now been over two years since rains have fallen in the area and there is no guarantee that the wet season will come about this year.
The government is planning to distribute 2.800 tons of maize which will benefit 400 small producers.
WSPA is funding the development of two new dams in the area which were given the go ahead for construction byThe Federal CONAZA (National Commission for Arid Lands). One will be at Ojo Seco with an expected 11,220.80 m3 of water and one at La Loma with an expected 3,593.98 m3.
We have also taken on the renovation of two extra small reservoirs located at El Mimbre Ejido. This work is being co-financed by the Ejido Presidency.
The large dam (El Chicote) will be built near the two small reservoirs.
This is a great example of how the local community is working together with their local government and WSPA to provide a sustainable solution for the area. The new dams and renovated reservoirs help collect and store water during the drought. They will also provide water to irrigate the land, so small holders can grow crops to feed their animals and they will provide livestock with drinking water.
The Aldama Ejido government will soon sign an agreement meaning there will be an irrigation system for several plots identified for pasture development, using subsurface water pumps and strip irrigation systems; promoting the formation of “oasis” during dry seasons to come.