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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 12 Sparkling ideas in Campoalegre, Colombia: managing the watershed to sustain the water supply

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 12 Sparkling ideas in Campoalegre, Colombia: managing the watershed to sustain the water supply Cecilia Gomez B. and Alfonso Rojas P. Introduction substantially, because of migration, recent catastrophes on the Pacific Coast, and the Community participation is an essential agrarian crisis. In 1988, when the existing process for the development of public property water system was built, there were 120 users as `it has an educational function, it develops a registered from the community and in 1996 neighbourhood civic consciousness, it there were 336 users, with a population of 1,344 inhabitants. This means that in eight strengthens the ties of solidarity and makes the years, the user population has almost tripled, ideas of general interest, more understandable but there have not been any improvements to, and acceptable' (Borda, 1986). or major extensions of, the water system. If the community, by means of its A system in crisis participation, understands the problems facing it and the causes of these problems, this may help to support the administration of the water The water in this area comes from the river `La system. From the role of simple users or Quebrada El Chocho' and is pumped up ...

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