The Jemeinshu Wuin (Desert Water Spring) project began in Spring 2020 as an academic exercise undertaken by Urban Sustainability students at the City College of New York. Participants also included undergraduate and graduate engineering and architecture students.
With the Caribbean coast of La Guajira in northern Colombia undergoing desertification, this climate change resilience project seeks to improve the sustainability and quality of life of the indigenous population, the Wayúu, by promoting economic self-sufficiency and local ecosystem regeneration.
Based on a circular economy framework that integrates intermediate technologies, the project will provide clean energy, food and water security, while promoting regenerative eco-and-ethno tourism and local education. It envisions renewable and regenerative solutions put in place through a ”co-creation” process that elevates the local Wayúu as the project’s central actors.
Through promotion of public, private, and civil organization partnerships, it will help support the Wayúu’s implementation of the vision through collaborative funding, financing, and innovative project governance.