“En poco años, no habrá nada. El Lago Titicaca está enfermo, nosotros también.”
In the words of natives “In a couple of years there will be no life. Titicaca Lake is ill, and so are we.” The declaration belongs to the people living in Bahía de Cohana, Bolivia and it was released as the community resolution, in order to mark the Water International Day, in March 2012.
Titicaca Lake is the "highest navigable lake" in the world, shared by both Bolivia and Peru, and one of the most attractive touristic areas, while Bahía de Cohana is an area located in the Minor Lake of Titicaca.
The lake’s watershed is suffering, already for decades, the effects of climate change and pollution from residential, industrial and mining effluent. The large infrastructure developments in the city El Alto and surroundings mirror downstream significant climate changes: rainfalls carrying effluents in the bay area, water eutrophication and livestock farming endangered.
Thirty years ago, fishery and agriculture were the principal form of survival, but today, due to pollution, the fishery has disappeared and the agriculture is suffering from soil degradation. The eutrophication (over-nitrification) is a common issue in areas with rapid growth and large developments. Bahía de Cohana, where livestock farming is the main economic activity, providing life resources for thousands, is at risk.