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Cántaro Azul: An organization’s journey to contribute to the human right to water and sanitation in rural Mexico
Back in 2005, a group of students at the University of California, Berkeley, designed the first ultraviolet water disinfection system for rural households. Part of the team started a nonprofit organization — Cántaro Azul — with the objective of empowering people with appropriate safe water technologies. As Cántaro Azul evaluated the impact of water programs, it developed evidence that health and social benefits produced by the dissemination of such technologies varied across households and communities, highly modulated by existent inequalities. In 2014, Cántaro Azul shifted its work from a technology to a service paradigm that now focuses on strengthening community-based water management organizations (CBWMO). Working in a country with more than 100,000 rural communities without access to safe water, Cántaro Azul realized that directly scaling its services would only reach a fraction of the population and in 2017 began efforts to advocate for local and national public policies that seek to strengthen CBWMOs.

In this talk, Fermín Reygadas, Co-Founder and CEO, will share some of the achievements of Cántaro Azul, including the creation of the first public water institution in México that is governed by CBWMOs, as well as the many challenges that the organization has encountered and that lay ahead in the road towards achieving the human right to water and sanitation in rural Mexico.

The Sustainable Futures Speaker Series stimulates interdisciplinary collaboration around issues related to energy, the environment, and society. All lectures are free and open to the public, and are sponsored by the Schatz Energy Research Center, the Environment & Community graduate program, and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Humboldt State.

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Mar 18, 2021 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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