International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
Catchment: An Answer to the Water Scarcity of the Next Millennium."
Petrolina, Brazil - July 1999
Section 5: Political and Socio-economic Aspects of Rainwater Catchment
Building Cisterns in Campo Alegre de Lourdes,
Bahia--Living with the Brazilian Semiarid Climate
Maria Salete Pereira & Armínio de Deus
CPT Copcese de Juazeiro
Juazeiro, BA, Brasil
Fax: 55 (074) 811 7825
On the eve of the 21st century, almost the entire
rural population of Campo Alegre de Lourdes (Bahia) county, just like most
everyone in Brazil's semiarid Northeast, lives under very precarious conditions
due to the effects of the draught and the lack of water for humans, animals and
Under these circumstances whole families are often forced to
move to the next town or to other parts of Brazil. Those who decide to stay and
to keep their farms and animals, often lead a life lacking many basics,
sometimes going without drinking water and other basic necessities.
The official measures taken to ease the situation are often
only temporary solutions. Nevertheless long-term solutions exist. The concept
"alternative ways to live with the draught" is known as well as the experiences
with water catchment carried out by the government organization EMBRAPA and
NGOs such as CAATINGA and IRPAA.
We all know the reasons why government organizations have
been incapable to deal with the phenomenon and the consequences of the draught.
Therefore the farm workers of Campo Alegre de Lourdes decided to solve this
problem on their own. In our paper, we will tell how these farm workers
confronted this problem and the process they went through to solve it.
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