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Meet Ecuador’s water protectors | Waging Nonviolence

People gathering along Kimsacocha Lagoon for a gratitude and spiritual ritual, commemorating the symbolic declaration of the province’s moorlands as “mining-free territories.” (WNV/Andrea Ávila)

People gathering along Kimsacocha Lagoon for a gratitude and spiritual ritual, commemorating the symbolic declaration of the province’s moorlands as “mining-free territories.” (WNV/Andrea Ávila)

Nestled amid the Andean mountains, Cuenca — Ecuador’s third largest city — has long been known for its bounteous sources of fresh water. This is thanks to its privileged location within the Maziso del Cajas, a newly declared UNESCO biosphere reserve. However, over the last decade, its underlying gold and silver reserves have fallen prey to corporate mining interests — a situation that has only grown more critical with the government’s recent announcement that there will be further exploitation of these minerals.

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