Fundación Un Alto en el Desierto

We are the first network of water harvesters and recyclers for the adaptation to Climate Change and mitigation to chronic droughts in the south of the Atacama Desert in Chile.

The Un Alto en el Desierto Foundation is a non-profit organisation that seeks to support people, organisations and communities to develop strategies to adapt to water scarcity through environmental education, innovation and the development of low-budget water solutions adapted to the territories in general and the people and their organisations in particular.

It started in 2005 when its founders made a visit to a sector of the Cordillera de Talinay (Biosphere Reserve), along with the 7 students from the Escuela Unidocente G-259 in the sector, in the company of their teacher, parents, parents, neighbours. On that day, all the people who attended committed themselves to preserving the Cerro Grande-Naranjillo area for its protection, its regeneration and to become a center for environmental education on how organised people can become a barrier to the advance of the desert and all its associated hopelessness.

After 15 years of work, that place is an oasis in the middle of the desert with 100 hectares protected and irrigated with a fog catcher system ("atrapanieblas") and it was the starting point of this organisation which works as a Foundation with local community, provincial, regional, national and international networks around water harvesting (rain, dew, fog) and recycling (grey water) as a real solution for the current water crisis that the world is experiencing.

We believe that, through the use of simple methods for harvesting and reusing water, adding water efficiency and water education, it is possible to contribute to a new water culture to face the world's water crisis in the present and in the future.