The Páramo is water, and water is life

Páramo soils play a crucial role in sustaining the lives of millions of people and storing carbon. Photo: UNDP Equator Initiative/Tyler Wilkinson-Ray

In the Andes of Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela, the Páramo is life. Located above the tree line yet below the snow line, this distinctive high altitude ecosystem is an essential source of water for people like Rosa Elena Mazaquiza and her community.

In Ecuador’s Tungurahua Province, where the organization ‘Tungurahua Paramos and the Fight Against Poverty’ is based, more than 90 percent of…



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