Move afoot to save Guatemala water body

Lake Atitlan, once blighted by pollution, now being revived with the help of water and sanitation projects

    Guatemala's Lake Atitlan was once one of the most threatened water bodies in the world. Decades of pollution had spoiled the waters, with an algae bloom covering nearly half its surface.

    Tourism plummeted  and the government promised to do more to protect the lake.

    Four years on, money is not the issue: $100m has been earmarked for water and sanitation projects. Authorities are planning to have seven fully functioning waste-treatment plants in place by 2016.

    Al Jazeera’s David Mercer returned to Lake Atitlan to report on the change.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    We foreigners: What it means to be Bengali in India's Assam

    We foreigners: What it means to be Bengali in India's Assam

    As tensions over India's citizenship law shine a light on Assam, a writer explores the historical tensions in the state.

    Sentenced to death for blasphemy: Surviving Pakistan's death row

    Sentenced to death for blasphemy: Surviving Pakistan's death row

    The story of a man who spent 19 years awaiting execution reveals the power of a false blasphemy claim to destroy a life.

    The Syrian women and girls sold into sexual slavery in Lebanon

    The Syrian women and girls sold into sexual slavery in Lebanon

    Syria's refugee crisis has shone a light on sex trafficking in Lebanon, where victims are often treated as criminals.