Central American University, Nicaragua

Highly Commended

Weather monitoring stations for sustainable agriculture and livestock in Nicaragua

Weather monitoring stations supported by Nitlapan-UCA was born in 2019. This network is made up of volunteers who daily record climate data about the rain, temperature, humidity and dew point with manual instruments such as the pluviometer and hygrothermometer. The data collected is used for three things. Firstly, with the data, the Nitlapan team gives sound recommendations for agriculture and livestock. Secondly, the data is analysed by a team and prepares an informative note and recommendations for farmers, which is shared on social medias (WhatsApp and Facebook). Thirdly, with the data collected during the current year and previous years, work sessions are held between the network of climate monitors, the Nitlapan team, and climate specialists.

The climate data analysis is complemented with climate bioindicator data (behaviour of plants, animals, wind, clouds, the moon, the sun, the rainbow, etc.) that have been used by farmers to understand and make climate decisions for centuries.

What the Judges Thought

This is a fantastic community-based, action research initiative, in a vital area of work. Although not yet fully linked to how the university will itself achieve net zero or a true whole institution approach we all felt this project deserved special recognition. Well done!

What it Means to Win

“For us as Nitlapan, winning this International Green Gown Award means recognition of the grain of sand that we contribute as an institution to the rural communities of Nicaragua. Likewise, it means recognition of the results of collaborative work, of local inter-knowledge and environmental justice that we promote in the institution”.

Manuel Bermudez

Top 3 Learnings

  1. The climate, as it can have a positive impact, can also have a negative impact, which is why we must understand it in our community and among community members. Together we must seek how to mitigate its changes and seek adaptation strategies.
  2. In order to face climate change, inter-knowledge must be taken into account. The knowledge that farmers have in rural communities and the conventional knowledge learned in universities or scientific spaces.
  3. Joining efforts between climate monitors and linking the analysis of climate data collected with agriculture and livestock is to ensure well-being not only of monitoring families but also of the population of a country and of other living beings that share a community with humans.
3 - Good Health and Well-Being 5 - Gender Equality 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation 13 - Climate Action
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