Program

Conservation & Resources Management

ONGOING PROJECTS

REFORESTATION OF NATIVE SPECIES

Project Supervisor

Eduardo Aguilar

Since the creation of our NGO we have committed to plant an average of 2,000 trees per year. Due to the decreasing population trend of native trees, palms and bushes we have selected 30 different species that provide invaluable ecosystem goods and services. Most of these are hardwood species threatened by un-sustainable logging in the region. 

Examples of our selected species include the endemic endangered species Tangaré, the recognizable Aguacatillo which has fruits resembling mini-avocatos, Colorado, Jigua, Higuerón, Guabas and the Cojojo bush which has fruits that are an ultimate favorite in the wildlife community. 

Objectives

We plant species to maintain ecosystem services, support food source availability for wildlife, create corridors between the agricultural zone and the forest area and use as living fences.

Collaborator

La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve

Skills involved

Species ID

Learn about seed morphology and dispersal characteristics. Identify, mark and geo-reference suitable individuals for seed procurement.

Collection

Understand tropical species' phenology and learn the best propagation methods for each species.

Planting & Maintenance

Understand the adequate propagation methods for each species and its ideal planting site.

LAND SURVEILLANCE

Program Coordinator

Juan Pablo Játiva

In order to guarantee that our management and conservation efforts have long-lasting benefits, we want to widen buffer zones and improve the patrolling in La Hesperia Natural Reserve.

We hope to count with the cooperation of neighboring reserves, municipal, national and international help to ensure the rights of nature are being upheald as per the Ecuadorian Constitution of 2008.

Collaborator

La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve

SOCCER AND CONSERVATION

Program Coordinator

Alexandra Hoeneisen

The passion and discipline that our culture has for soccer is a great platform in which people come together. The idea to create local soccer teams and championships originated from a local grassroots movement. 

We want to support this social initiative and complement the children’s training with environmental education and english workshops.

Goals

Support the Healthy Body Healthy Mind movement.
Scale this project to reach more communities.
Fundraise for equipment and training.

Collaborator

La Hesperia Cloud Forest Reserve

LOCAL BIRD-WATCHER COMMUNITY

Project Coordinator

We want to support, fundraise and share the initiatives of a local environmental conservation organization of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas.

Their current projects include environmental education and training for guides wanting to focus on bird ID.

Objectives

Join efforts with local NGO's for bird species' conservation.
Scale this project to reach other communities in the region.

Collaborator

Colectivo Ambiental Bombolí