MODATIMA (Movement for the Defense of Water, Protection of the Earth and Respect for the Environment) is an anti-patriarchal organization founded in 2010 in the province of Petorca in the central Chilean region of Valparaíso. Its goal is to defend the rights of farm laborers, workers, and inhabitants of the area who have been affected since the 1990s by the theft and hoarding of water by large-scale agricultural corporations in collusion with politicians. It demands “justice in rivers” against the theft of water and the abuse by the powerful who are currently protected by constitutional warranties and by a legal system that maintains Chile’s water resources in private hands.
Throughout the years, the main goal of MODATIMA’s fight has been to denounce abuses and raise awareness about the fight for water in the province of Petorca and Chile as a whole.
Since taking part at the Alternative World Water Forum held in Brasilia, in March 2018, MODATIMA is also a member of Red Vida, a network of organizations from all over the Americas that fights for the recovery of waters and the defense of territories.