The village in which Sunseed sits – Los Molinos de Río Aguas – is an important conservation area with a unique ecosystem. It is the only semi-arid region in Europe and home to wild species, rich formations of gypsum, and a population of roughly 50 people. Everyone in our village depends on the water source of Río Aguas, not to mention the 8000 local inhabitants in the region of Almeria.
The precious fossil water which reaches a local spring in Los Molinos is being over-exploited by the surrounding monoculture olive plantations (around 3000 hectares, or 6 million, trees). Whilst deep wells are being dug illegaly, there has been a 37L reduction to the flow of the Río Aguas stream in just a few years, with extraction at quadruple the amount of available resources.
This is a highly unsustainable practice which is threatening the livelihoods of many villages across Almeria. Sadly, some areas have already become near deserted. Pueblo-Gochar held 100 inhabitants in 2001, by 2016 there were just four. We are adamant to save Los Molinos from experiencing this same fate.
This April 13th we are holding our third annual water festival – Festivo en Defensa del Agua – to raise awareness and funds towards this vital cause. Join local musicians, artisans and campaigners for an exciting day bringing rights back to the people.
More information here.