With your compassion, we have the opportunity to purchase another plot of rainforest in order to place it under the protection of a reservation. Many years ago, this land was used as small flower farm and to raise cows, but eventually fell into disrepair. A few years ago, illegal loggers found the small house, and used this as a base to clear-cut a large portion of the rainforest. Before they left, they burnt the house down, destroying what remained of the farm. Now it is a large grassy marsh that provides access to the waterfalls and rivers that we have protected with previous purchases.
Once we purchase the land, we have several projects to initiate with it.
1) As it is already an open clearing, we will partner with local and European universities in establishing a place to implement and study permaculture designed for this part of the rainforest. This will allow us to host workshops for local farmers, using the knowledge and experience gained from the permaculture study. With these workshops, we will demonstrate a sustainable means of growing crops that does not damage the land or water.
2) The Chinchona tree, famous for bringing the life-saving medicine of quinine to the world, has almost completely disappeared from Ecuador. We will repopulate the forests with this disappearing wonder.
3) In addition to repopulating the Chinchona tree, will we reforest the remaining land to bring back the jungle in its full glory.
Beyond being a launching point for new reforestation and conservation activities, it will help secure access to the waterfalls beyond, and provide another opportune area for our camera traps that we use to study the local wildlife population. As a result of previous camera traps that we set, we have published scientific papers with the help of our biologist Fredy Nurga, of the Universidad de Azuay.
Please help us protect this land, every donation helps! Thank you for helping the life on our planet.
Our vision for conservation begins with the tropical forest within the Runahurco Municipal conservation area, known as the “El Paraíso” management unit. Through research, environmental education and local eco-tourism development, we help maintain its biodiversity, fostering a culture of conservation and sustainable development with criteria of inclusion and equity.
“El Paraiso” is a protected natural area of approximately 589 hectares, located in the Gualaquiza canton, province of Morona Santiago in the southern Ecuadorian Amazon. Founded in 2005 through the management of a local community; It is located between 1000-2000 meters above sea level. Due to the special conditions of climate, topography and geology in this area, the greater biodiversity of the eastern foothills is evident. This area, due to its excellent state of conservation, is considered extremely vulnerable and, therefore, a priority for the conservation of regional biological diversity.
The support that we offer this management unit is to expand the buffer zone associated with Runahurco, ensuring the habitat for the flora and fauna species of this living laboratory.
We collaborate and work together with the European association Forest.ink, Universidad del Azuay in Ecuador, the Faculty of regional development and international studies of the University of Mendel de Brno in the Czech Republic and we are part of the international project UNIDA (United for the development of The Amazon). Through this context, Bosque Medicinal was legalized in July 2019 as a non-profit foundation. All funds raised at the foundation are through the support of volunteers and donors from around the world.
Phase I and II are complete! Thanks to the help and contributions provided by our donors, the first 52 hectares of the jungle in "Valle del Colibrí" were acquired in the first phase and in the second phase, funds were acquired for the construction of the biological research station - El Refugio.
Now we seek support for Phase III of the project- with the goal acquire 30 hectares of land known as "The Garden of Roses".
By buying and preserving the land adjacent to the “El Paraíso” ecological reserve, new alternatives for conservation and maintenance of its biodiversity can be generated, guaranteeing its natural state in the future.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND SUPPORT!
- AIKATERINI BIRMPA
- Paula Kägi
- Bara Kobosilova
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