New Project – Colombia – March 2012
Work, led by FogQuest volunteer Jose Manuel Molina, is progressing on a new operational project in Colombia. Jose Manuel and his colleagues have previously completed some initial evaluation studies. Jose’s colleagues Andres and Conchita have installed some new Standard Fog Collectors (SFCs) this month and report very good fog collection rates. Work is at and near the KM-18 site in the Valle del Cauca near Cali. The goal is to provide water for the village at KM-18 and measurements are being done by the students at the school there. FogQuest has provided mesh for the SFCs and also funds to purchase raingauges to monitor rainfall at the sites. We also provide advice and guidance through Jose to the group in Colombia and will be involved in the operational project when funding is obtained. Your donations to assist with this project would be very helpful
New Evaluation Project in India – September 2011
FogQuest is assisting an Indian NGO called SOCIOserve to begin a fog collection evaluation in the mountains of Tamil Nadu where one SFC is now in Anavattan, which is a region just on the periphery of Poombarai.
Poombarai is a small village close to Kodaikanal. It is at an elevation of about 2200 m in the center of the southern part of the Indian sub-continent. Mesh has been sent to them for the construction of the SFCs and general guidance for the measurement program has been provided.
London Science Museum – September 2011
The Science Museum in London, England, has a new exhibit entitled Water Wars: fight the food crisis. It has some information on FogQuest and fog collection.
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New Evaluation Project on Mt. Kilimanjaro – August 2011
There are now Standard Fog Collectors installed on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. This was a joint effort with our partners in ped-world in Germany.
There is a tremendous need for fresh water for guides, rescue personnel and visitors on the upper part of the mountain. Up to now the water has to be carried 8 km to these high elevation huts. We are helping to determine whether the frequent fog found there can be a viable source of fresh water.
The altitude at Barafu is 4600 m and at Kibo-Hut 4750 m. Both are on Kibo-Saddle, the last camp before you reach the peak (5895m).
Update on Project in Morocco – June-August 2011
In June, Fernanda Rojas from Chile, a FogQuest volunteer for many years, was in Morocco to work with Jamilla Bargach and her team from the local NGO Dar Si-Hmad on the construction of fog collectors.
Together with Professor Victoria Marzol, also a long-time FogQuest supporter, a number of large and medium sized fog collectors were built at the site inland from Sidi Ifni.
Early indications are that 12,000 liters of water were collected in August from only 160 m2 of mesh. This is in a very dry part of the year. More information will come in a project update.
Tojquia, Guatemala, Fog Collection Project – March 2011
Melissa Rosato has just spoken to the people in the village and the news is excellent. The Large Fog Collectors have again performed very well through the dry winter season. All family water tanks are full and all the fog collectors that FogQuest has built since 2006 are in good working condition.
We also are collecting information in the nearby village of Siete Piños to determine if it is viable to start a new water project there.
New Books – February 2011
There are several books that have come out recently that will be of interest to visitors to our site. One is on Tropical Montane Cloud Forests by Sampurno Bruijnzeel and co-authors. These forests receive a large portion of their water input from the fog that covers them during significant parts of the year. Also, Pilar Cereceda, an active member of FogQuest, and Ana Maria Errazuriz have written an Atlas of Chile and the World, which has been published by the largest Spanish educational publisher for use in schools in Chile. The first order was for 300,000 copies!
Bruijnzeel LA, Scatena FN, Hamilton LS. (eds.). 2010.
Tropical Montane Cloud Forests. Science for Conservation and Management
Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK, 768 pp.
Fog Collection Project in Morocco – January 2011
FogQuest is discussing the schedule for the construction of 15 Large Fog Collectors (LFCs) with the leader of the project, Dr. Jamila Bargach, Director, Dar Si-Hmad, Sidi Ifni, Morocco. She is presently arranging the funding.
It is expected that FogQuest will have at least one person in the field in July to direct the construction phase and to work with the people of the villages, Dar Si-Hmad staff, and Professor Victoria Marzol (FogQuest member) who has carried out the field evaluation over the last four years.
The project is designed to benefit three villages and at least one large school. It will consist of fog collectors, pipelines and one or more cisterns.
New Fog Collection Site Initiated in Chile, November 2010
The village of Peña Blanca, about 400 km north of Santiago, is located in a region that has extensive fog in the coastal mountains. In November, Pilar Cereceda, Professor of Geography at the Catholic University in Santiago, and Fernanda Rojas, FogQuest volunteer, built a Large Fog Collector in Peña Blanca as a training exercise for students who we hope will be FogQuest volunteers in the years to come. The project site will also be used for a comparison of a donated material to the Raschel mesh that FogQuest uses in its projects. Ultimately, we would like to develop the site as an operational fog collection project to benefit the village.