Connection, Collaboration, Conservation
A BRIEF BACKGROUND ON OUR SERVICE EFFORTS
For over 25 years, we have been holding councils with indigenous communities in the Upper Amazon and we have accomplished a myriad of acts of solidarity in three spheres, which we consider the three legs of the cauldron: Rainforest and Wildlife Conservation, Restoration of Degraded Lands and Cultural Heritage Revalidation.
Our approach is holistic and direct in nature. It is aimed at finding creative ways to facilitate renewal and thus, bridge the many gaps that erode the fundamental pillars of the paradise that is earth, safeguarding the rainforest, ancestral wisdom and integrity on the planet.
Proceeds from the Ocean Forest Ecolodge, our events, workshops and educational programs directly contribute to Nature and the communities we work with.
Some of the many acts of solidarity have looked like this:
1994: We facilitated a process of ancestral land reclamation that led to several indigenous communities regaining access to a large tract of land on the Ecuadorian and Peruvian border. Since then, we have continued to channel significant percentages of our proceeds toward developing rainforest and wildlife conservation initiatives in this area, as well as directly to the indigenous peoples in Ecuador.
1995: In the high Andes, funds were given for materials to build a community water tank that benefits over 50 families at a reforestation initiative we continue to support.
1995-2000: Among the Secoya we published two bilingual education booklets on health and life (natural medicine and ethnobotany), and a cosmological wall calendar. We also developed cultural revival workshops connecting elders and youth.
2010: A successful conservation initiative in Ecuador led to the enlargement
of Napo-Galeras National Park.
2000-present: We have; constructed and repaired homes of the traditional elders; constructed ancestral lodges in the villages to be used as teaching centers for cultural revalidation; built fiberglass canoes for families; and, attended to some health needs of the elders such as the obtaining of dentures and hearing aids.
2003-present: We have led a marine turtle conservation initiative in Costa Rica.
Most recently, the Guayusa Tea House is being developed at Ocean Forest Ecolodge. This project is a market-driven rainforest conservation and restoration initiative, linking conservation and good health by offering what we consider to be the finest tea on earth to a wider audience. Through it we seek to bridge our guests to greater environmental and cultural awareness while also contributing to good health!
More information on these projects can be found on our sister sites at: www.4biodiversity.org and rainforestconservationprojects.org