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There are numerous development projects around the world that seek to provide technological solutions, however these technologies do not prosper because technology transfer, and especially co-creation, is often neglected. The NGO FogQuest has tried to center these themes into fog collection initiatives which are both technological and social endeavors. The technology used are Large Fog Collectors (LFCs) which are composed of vertical panels of mesh (typically 40 m2) with an under hanging gutter erected using posts. LFCs collect water from fog and rain on its surface making it a physically viable water supply for certain rural communities with few alternatives. The technology is simple enough that it can be locally operated and managed, making it appealing from a social or management perspective. Because projects around the world face the challenges of integrating geographic suitability and local capacity, attempts at technology transfer that focus explicitly on the empowerment qualities of the technology can be an indicator for long-standing success. Through two case studies, this paper evaluates different project approaches in decisions surrounding the introduction and implementation of fog collection technology exploring both the physical and social needs in a technological intervention. The evolution of technological fog collection knowledge was examined with a focus on adaptability in the context of community idiosyncrasies where it is developed. It was determined that technology transfer and co-creation are inherently linked and need to be pursued in the right context and with the appropriate processes.The implementation of innovative technologies for sustainable development is achieved only with a strong dedication towards the learning and empowerment of the benefited communities.
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- Fog Collection Technology Transfer and Co-Creation Projects in Falda Verde, Chile and Tojquia, Guatemala
- Chapter 23