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Oaxaca Water Quality Forum

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The Oaxaca Water Quality Forum (called Foro Oaxaqueño del Agua in spanish) is a meeting that brings together concerned members of the public, nonprofits, and government officials to discuss water quality issues and possible solutions in Oaxaca, Mexico.


Water Quality Topics Discussed[edit]

The Need for Healthy Forests[edit]

Forests affect watershed quality. Cutting down forests removes a protective layer over the soil and increases rains erosive impacts.

For more info see [File:Las Presas:Los Bosques: Fuente Fundamental De Vida]in Spanish

Desertification[edit]

For more info see [File:La Amenaza De La Desertification]

Food and Water for Everyone[edit]

For more info see [File:Alimentos y Agua Para Todos]

Impacts of Large Dams and Hydropower[edit]

There are 667 dams in Mexico, which have altered or fragmented about 60% of the rivers in Mexico. 40- 60 million people have been displaced for these dams directly, and possible 60-100 million have been displaced indirectly. About 30 to 40% of the farms in Mexico are irrigated with the water from these dams and 19% of the electricity is generated. Problems from Dams discussed:

  • Those people displaced by a dam are often relocated to areas much higher up in areas of dense forest and sloped hillsides, where they need to cut the forest in order to make for themselves a new home and farm. Forest removal reduces the precipitation and therefore reduces the current of the river, making the seasonal influx become permanent.
  • The diversion of water from its normal course and naturally irrigated areas to artificially irrigated areas creates problems of saturation and salinity in the soil.

For more info see [File:Las Presas: La Enfermedad del Gigantismo] in Spanish

Climate Change Impacts on Water Availability[edit]

For more info see [File:Mucha Agua o Muy Poca]in Spanish

Making the city of Oaxaca Sustainable[edit]

For more info see [File:Hacer de Oaxaca una Ciudad Sustentable]in Spanish