Basic services for life

Improvement of living conditions of High-Andean families, reducing environmental hazards through access and administration of basic sustainable services

Operating name: Allimpaq project
Duration: July 2008 - January 2012
Location: Sicuani, Maranganí and San Pablo districts in the province of Canchis (Cusco)

This project serves to provide access to basic water and clean energy services, promoting sustainable management and gender equality. The aim is to pilot a model for access and administration of services contributing to the development of policies and programmes to benefit the poor, focusing on improvements in the quality of life of rural high-mountain communities.

Access and administration of basic sustainable services

Environmental degradation and climate change are processes which have a particular impact on families dependent on natural resources for their subsistence, as in the case of the High Andes regions of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. In these areas, families subsist in situations of extreme poverty and under highly adverse climatic conditions, with alternating periods of rainfall and drought. This situation is worsened by the increasingly frequent frosts and unseasonal cold snaps caused by climate change.

Access to basic services is highly precarious, with a lack of water, drainage and electrical energy facilities. The highly dispersed habitat and low population density have dissuaded the State from investing in these communities. Any infrastructure development likewise requires technologies adapted to the specific environmental conditions and the customs and cultural practices of the local inhabitants.

With the aim of addressing this situation, institutions from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador and Spain have joined forces, thanks to funding from the AECID, in order to contribute towards the preservation of biodiversity and an increase in the sustainability of the livelihoods of vulnerable rural populations inhabiting ecologically sensitive areas of the three Andean countries. This will be achieved, through the promotion of development alternatives and access to basic services compatible with the conservation and regeneration of natural resources, by providing technical assistance and implementing development projects focusing on the environment and gender issues.

In Peru, Practical Action is running the Allimpaq project in partnership with the IPADE Foundation and the NGO ADC (Community Development Association). The project is being undertaken in High-Andean alpaca-rearing communities of Quechua origin in the province of Canchis (Cusco), living between 3800 and 5600 metres above.

The Allimpaq project receives financial support from the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation), via the charitable foundation of the IPADE (Institute for Development Promotion and Support). It has been in operation since July 2008 across 11 associations in the districts of Sicuani, Maranganí and San Pablo, in the province of Canchis (Cusco). The project is scheduled to run for three and a half years, and has a budget of € 668,114.

Improvement of living conditions of High-Andean families, reducing environmental hazards through access and administration of ba

An introduction to this project in the high mountainous regions of Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador, which serves to provide access to basic water and clean energy services, promoting sustainable management and gender equality.

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