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At the request of grassroots organizations in rural Guatemala, our team of scientists is examining the causes and implications of environmental changes in relation to peasant communities’ access to water and food in rural Guatemala. This project brings together leading scholars from Engineering, Forest Resources, International Studies and Law in a single research team, working to support affected communities who are seeking justice in the courts. Our work is conducted in partnership with the Pastoral Social de San Marcos in Guatemala, whose lawyers, social workers, and sociologists work closely with affected communities.
Our project has three interrelated objectives:
Our multi-pronged approach is unique in that, by placing the intellectual capital of the University of Washington at the disposal of our partners, we are generating short- and long-term solutions to natural resource mismanagement and its effects on various human rights including the right to health, the right to an adequate living standard, and the right to education.
UW students test water in Guatemala
UW students collect and test water samples in Guatemala