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First Phase of the sustainability project for Impoverished Communities -2013

2013

Abstract

To reduce poverty and inequality in Mexico it is necessary to ensure access to modern energy services in rural communities. Poverty, still prevailing on energy matters, limits important aspects of life: health, education, clean water availability, agricultural productivity, job creation, gender equity and environmental sustainability.

In response to these limitations, the Mario Molina Center conducted research on available technologies to benefit impoverished communities in Mexico. Five populations were selected in which we carried out an environmental energy diagnosis; a set of specific strategies and action were posed to promote sustainable productive development, improve quality of life and have access to electricity and quality water in these locations.

 This project was coordinated by the Mario Molina Center and its proposals are the result of the connection established with civil associations, state and municipal governments, specialists in the social sector and residents of each community. A methodology was adopted to carry out the environmental energy assessment of each community in order to develop proposals that were most appropriate and most likely to succeed. This methodology also favored communication with community residents and created bonds of friendship with the participants of the project, which allowed us to understand the human and social aspects of each community.

The posed diagnosis and recommendations may serve to trigger the development of these communities. However, it’s still necessary to work together with residents, state and municipal governments as well as having a close bond with the corresponding civil associations to implement the selected actions and projects.

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MARIO MOLINA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES ON ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Prolongacion Paseo de los Laureles No. 458, Despacho 406
Col. Bosques de las Lomas, Cuajimalpa, C.P. 05120, Mexico, D.F.
Telephone: +00 (52-55) 9177 1670