LA guajira restoration project
La Guajira Restoration Project (LGRP) is a live demonstration site that embodies—in a concentrated space—the combined knowledge of the local indigenous Wayuu people, as well as the application of Permaculture principles of interconnectedness, in a holistic management approach, for the transformation of the desertified landscape, into a thriving food forest in the desert.
Teaming up with ONIC (Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia) and Instituto Humboldt we will facilitate the space for the connections to happen and deepen, in order to regreen the degraded soil and sequester carbon from the atmosphere, back into the ground.
As a result of human activity, as much as a quarter of the—once fertile—land mass, is now barren. At the same rate, it is possible to rehabilitate the landscape. LGRP will enable this process by applying design principles that respect the adaptive imperative inherent to all human life, and hence, to all life forms on earth.
We need a paradigm shift; we need to develop our awareness of belonging to the natural world and understanding our kinship. We will exemplify the harmony and beauty that manifests with the recognition of our infinite connectedness, and delight in the abundance reciprocity we share with the earth.
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Colombia is considered the second most biodiverse country in the world, an attribution that is given in grand part because of its vast agro and ethnic diversity. Its exceptional geographic situation provides a wide variety of landscapes and ecosystems ranging from very arid environments, with less than 400 mm of rainfall a year, to the most humid, with precipitation surpassing 6,000 mm.
La Guajira peninsula is the northernmost point in South America. This region covers approximately 15,000 km2 (12,000 km2 in Colombia and 3,000 km2 in Venezuela), and is characterized by dry ecosystems where the annual rainfall oscillate between 1,200 mm in the southern part, where there is a mountainous range, and 400 mm in the opposite end. This territory has been divided into 28 reservations, the largest areas being located in Alta and Media Guajira (the middle and northernmost sections), where the majority of the population reside.
Today, this peninsula is suffering greatly as a result of large mining operations, the altering of rivers and streams and the damming of major sources of water, leading to the aquifers drying up and, climate change. These more recent changes are causing scarcity and food security issues for the population, leading to severe cases of malnutrition, affecting mainly children and gestating mothers.
In LGRP we believe that in order to nourish the world sustainably, we must stay connected. Involving the youngsters and building community is the best way to revitalize the land and regain health and well-being. The children of La Guajira are a major inspiration for our work!