The Páramo is water, and water is life

UN Development Programme
Aug 7 · 5 min read
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Páramo soils play a crucial role in sustaining the lives of millions of people and storing carbon. Photo: UNDP Equator Initiative/Tyler Wilkinson-Ray
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In the Andes of Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela, the Páramo is life. Located above the tree line yet below the snow line, this distinctive high altitude ecosystem is an essential source of water for people like Rosa Elena Mazaquiza and her community. Photo: UNDP Equator Initiative/Tyler Wilkinson-Ray
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While grocery stores experience shortages of food, local villagers have turned to their own gardens. Photo: Fondo de Páramos Tungurahua y Lucha contra la Pobreza
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An indigenous woman receives a mask to help fight COVID-19. Photo: UNDP Equator Initiative
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Because of their outstanding work the Fondo de Páramos Tungurahua y Lucha Contra la Pobreza was awarded the Equator Prize 2019 within the climate adaptation category. Photo: UNDP Equator Initiative/Mike Arrison
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Rosa spoke before eight head of states and several other high-level representatives, including one of her personal idols, actor and activist Harrison Ford. Photo: UNDP Equator Initiative/Jamison Ervin
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Member of the Tungurahua community leading by example. Photo: UNDP Equator Initiative/Tyler Wilkinson-Ray

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