Saturday, February 5, 2011

Lago de Atitlan Expedition 2010 ~ UC Davis & Universidad del Valle

Thursday, April 22, 2010

No boats went out this morning to collect samples (the chemistry group says thank you!). The focus was packing. Many of the conversations this morning, however, focused on the exchange of email addresses and facebook names so that expedition participants can keep in touch. Many friendships have been forged over the past two weeks.

At around 11am, we all piled into busses and were driven to the Altiplano campus of the Universidad del Valle [Guatemala]. We were greeted by the leadership of the university, surrounding communities, and government agencies and learned more about the Universidad del Valle’s commitment to focusing their research efforts on Lago de Atitlan through the formation of a new, university-wide center.

The center's goals:

1. Generate trusted, pertinent information for monitoring and analyzing the situation of the watershed of Lago de Atitlan

2. Systematize information and documentation that relates to the watershed of Lago de Atitlan

3. Propose behavior changes among those who live in the watershed

4. Use appropriate technologies to contribute to the development of solutions for problems faced in the region

Photo: the center’s goals in Spanish


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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
View of Lake Atitlan and volcano from my apartment balcony in Panajachel. Taken by Catherine Todd June 2008.