International Exposition of Zaragoza 2008 - Expo 2008

Water and sustainable development

June 14, 2008 - September 14, 2008


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Honduras

Honduras at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008

© Philippe Lemaire

The Honduran exhibition is a perfect example of Latin America's commitment to cooperation. The country shows how the government, the people and civil society are organising, managing and developing different strategies to improve and expand water coverage. Using the darkened forest that supplies the capital with water, it aims to raise awareness of the importance of preserving and sustainably using nature. Rainwater harvesting is an ancient method of collecting rain for water supply. In Honduras, rainwater harvesting is mainly used in areas of severe drought where people have no nearby water sources. Programmes that promote the use of this technique originate from an initiative developed in response to the action plan against desertification and drought to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants. The population of Juancho, Valle, in the south of the country, was the main beneficiary of a pilot project supported by the government, in conjunction with international agencies. The residents learned how to build their own rainwater harvesting systems. The Expo offers the opportunity to admire this experience.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008