Ayacucho: a pilot case
Ayacucho City, circumscribed in the semiarid basin of ‘Cachi’, is a representative case to explore the interactions between water and Urban development. The pressure from the accelerated and non-planned urban growth of Ayacucho city is overturning the urban / rural hydric balance of the basin. In the face of Climate Change, water availability in the Cachi is jeopardized by the unsustainable water management in the city and its fully reliance on natural resources and seasonal climate events. This water insecurity not only threatens to deprive the demands of urban and rural communities. It also menaces agricultural and cattle raising productivity; which compromises the local supply of food.
In its current phase, URBAN ANDES develops Landscape Urbanism Workshops in Ayacucho City, to address the issues of accelerated urban growth and sustainable management of hydric resources together. By the induction of Landscape Urbanism practices in the local context, the project aims to influence in the modus operandi of both academics and stakeholders of Ayacucho, so that the urban/rural hydric balance is tuned up in a desirable and sustainable terms. At the same time, Ayacucho can become a model for the sustainable growth and water management of other Andean cities in the region.