UAdeC Sustainable Ecotechnologies Project in Coahuila´s Rural Communities Approved

Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila through the Center for Research and Ethnobiological Garden of the Semi-desert (CIJE), obtained the approval of the research project “Design and implementation of eco-technologies for the use of solar energy for the benefit of rural communities in Coahuila” in the FORDECYT-2020-01-Energy call.

The Institutional Fund for Regional Development for Scientific, Technological and Innovation Development (FORDECYT) by its acronym in Spanish, is a fund of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) – whose resources support the development of research and advocacy proposals in favor of a socially and environmentally sustainable energy system.

This project is the only proposal in Coahuila in the field of Energy. It has a multidisciplinary approach, since it was designed by Jorge Alejandro Aguirre Joya, director of the CIJE, Christian Torres León, head of Research of the center, and has the collaboration of the professor and researcher of the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the UAdeC, Adriana Moreno Acosta.

The Director Jorge Alejandro Aguirre Joya, highlighted that this is the result of the efforts made during the first year of the CIJE, considering the ethnobiological knowledge and the biocultural wealth of our region to promote scientific, technological, and social development; For this reason, the proposal seeks the integral design and implementation of energy systems in the nearby rural communities.

In the same way, he commented that the proposal meets the Objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the ONU, such as: End of poverty, Zero hunger, Health and well-being, Affordable and non-polluting energy, Action for the climate and Life of terrestrial ecosystems.

“We are very proud to participate in these kinds of initiatives that contribute to the social commitment and institutional development of our highest house of studies,” Aguirre Joya said.

For his part, Christian Torres León, said that the approval of the proposal benefits the people of the towns near to Viesca that have a high degree of marginalization such as Venustiano Carranza, Saucillo, Villa de Bilbao. In the future, they will be able to count on eco-technology networks to cover their energtic needs, thanks to the use of natural resources and the solar irradiation that predominates in this semi-desert area.

“We are in the approval process by CONACYT, so we must wait for the administrative phase to start the execution of the project, which is about obtaining renewable energy and replacing conventional fuels with agricultural products generated in the CIJE and the region, as well as other actions that contribute to alleviating energy poverty”, mentioned Torres León.

Therefore, Dr. Adriana Moreno explained that participation in the project lies in the intervention with methodological techniques from the Social Sciences: first, through a situational diagnosis, which considers the sociocultural characteristics and the map of actors, among other factors. Later, in the implementation phase, she will work on the transfer or appropriation of knowledge with the benefited population, to replicate this proposal in other marginalized areas of Coahuila and even Mexico.

Moreno Acosta, who is a full-time professor and researcher in the Academic Body “Communication, Culture and Society” at the FCC, thanked CIJE collaborators for inviting them to participate in the project since it complements their experience working with rural communities. Likewise, she highlighted the actions of the Research and Postgraduate Direction, by opening spaces for dialogue and multidisciplinary collaboration, between the UAdeC researchers.