27.05.2008 - Forenzelt I
13:00 Uhr bis 14:00 Uhr
Films for Biodiversity: Saving the Ayuquila River. Film and panel discussion
The Ayuquila River has long been the source of life and nourishment for peasant communities along its banks. This all began to change when a sugar mill was constructed upstream and the nearby towns began to grow and prosper. Pollution from the mill and untreated sewage from the towns killed off the fish, source of both food and income for the peasants. Many people became sick after drinking the contaminated water.

The designation of a biosphere reserve along part of the river brought a group of committed scientists to the area. They worked in the communities to solve the problems and things began to take a turn for the better.
Luis Patron Ibarra
United Nations University – Educational Media Producer
Saving the Ayuquila River documentary Director

Eduardo Santana Castellon
Former Director – Manantlan Institute of Ecology and Conservation of Biodiversity
University of Guadalajara

Sergio Graf Montero
First Director – Biosphere Reserve Sierra de Manantlan
53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-8925, Japan

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Luis Patron Ibarra
United Nations University – Educational Media Producer