Lake Amatitlán Foundation (FUNDALAGO)
calle, 5-41 Amtitlán
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- Mission statement:
Save Lake Amatitlán Foundation works in compliance
with the peace accords to build a sustainable society
through the conservation and protection of Lake Amatitlán
and its surrounding ecosystems. The Foundation collaborates
with organizations to build a sustainable society that
uses renewable and non-renewable resources appropriately.
leaders make a socio-environmental contribution through
soil and water conservation, agricultural production,
forestry, and environmental protection. With sustainable
development as a goal, recycling, agroforestry, agricultural
production, community participation, participation of
women, and technical training activities are carried out.
initiatives will help to recover the Lake Amatitlán
watershed and promote sustainable development, and will
ensure sound natural resource management from the Foundation
and the community.
Description of the area where organization works:
the recovery, conservation, and protection of Lake Amatitlán
and the surrounding environment through citizen participation.
and direct projects that contribute to the recovery of the
lake in compliance with the environmental protection stipulations
of the peace accords.
the environmental protection stipulations of the peace accords
by engaging communities in socio-environmental projects
that promote sustainable development.
support for the Foundation through exchanges and coordination
with national and international organizations.
the participation of women in sustainable development activities
to create new examples of conscious and effective involvement.
Lake is located a few kilometers south of the Guatemalan capital.
Along the northwestern shore is a town by the same name. From
the town, a road with a panoramic view stretches out to the
southeast along the lake, close to the sides of the Pacay
volcano. This body of non-potable water is 6.84 miles (11
km) long and 2.7 miles (3.5 km) wide. Studies have confirmed
that in the year 1800, the depth of the lake was 108 feet
(33 m) and by 1996 it was down to 59 feet (18 m). It is estimated
that by 2016, if nothing is done to save the lake, it will
have become a marsh of 25 feet (7.5 m) in depth.
human history of the lake is one of the most ancient in the
world. Archeological remains that date back to 2000 B.C. have
been found around the lake, and jade, bone, and clay artifacts
have been retrieved from its depths. The town of Amatitlán
has been valued for the fertility of its land since its foundation
population density, overexploitation of natural resources, and
the shortage of water have caused the degradation of Amatitlán
Lake and its watershed.
Education in Communities of Amatitlán
para la Salvación del Lago de Amatitlán is
promoting environmental education to the local communities
in Amatitlán, Guatemala. This area is especially
important because the Lake Amatitlán watershed is
one of the most populated in the world, with a population
density of approximately 11,000 residents per square kilometer
in some areas.
for Awareness-Raising and Environmental Education, Guatemala
This project aims to protect
and conserve Lake Amatitlán in Guatemala by implementing
a reforestation project and creating environmental awareness
among the primary and secondary students from the town of
Amatitlán, through training events to develop the
skills necessary for creating forestry plantations to restore
out activities in:
of tree nurseries.
of a recreational park.
training for women.