Useful Information About Ecuador
Ecuador is one of the world’s seventeen megadiverse countries. With forty-six different types of ecosystem, the country is one of the most diverse in the world with respect to its size. Ecuador also holds second place in the world for its diversity of orchids and amphibians. However, an average of 200,000 hectares of Ecuadorian forest disappears every year. Our most important goal is to protect part of this amazing ecosystem and to fight against deforestation. However, this fight is not easy and we need as much help as possible. Our ethos is that everybody should participate in conservation efforts, because conservation is a shared responsibility.
About the Biological Reserve
The biological nature reserve is located in the western range of the Andes at an altitude of 1100-2040 meters above sea level. With an area of 814 hectares, it is located in the centre of the Rio Toachi-Chiriboga IBA (Important Bird Area, declared by Bird Life International and Conservation International). The reserve is also part of two important bioregions; The Tropical Andes and the Choco-Darien of Western Ecuador, considered within the top five biodiversity hotspots on earth. The station works towards combatting deforestation, protecting the existing forest, restoring degraded areas and searching for sustainable activities that enable us to support the reserve and to offer a better way of life for the local community. Ecuador is the smallest country in the rugged Andean highlands of South America. It has an array of vibrant indigenous cultures, well-preserved colonial architecture, amazing volcanic landscapes, dense rainforest and the fabulous Galapagos islands – all in a nation no bigger than the US state of Nevada. With a population of about 13 million, Ecuador borders Peru and Colombia.
Hollie Abbott, a previous volunteer, has created this fantastic documentary about the project, take a look below.
“A short documentary about organic food production, conservation and sustainability in the Ecuadorian Cloud Forest. Prize-winning at Barnes Film Festival 2016 and nominated for London International Short Film Festival 2016.”