To conserve the region’s forest through environmental education, reforestation and promotion of sustainable agroforestry.
ARP works in a mega-diverse region. According to the United Nations Development Programme, our small country of Ecuador is home to a significant percentage of the world’s species – for example, 10% of plants, 8% of animals, 18% of birds – in the Amazonian region of Ecuador there are 8,000 documented plant species alone. Working close to some of the most bio-diverse spots on the planet, ARP recognizes the importance of integrating environmental programming into all of our work. Conservation has been an indirect goal of the Project for many years and luckily in recent years, a direct goal, thanks to support from the Peace Corps.
Approximately 20 participants have been involved in our first reforestation nursery. Program participants also assist with the creation of educational materials for reforestation that serve as a resource for communities across all of Pastaza.
Community Mapping and Zoning
In 2015, forest conservation volunteers and residents of partner community, Chuya Yaku, completed
workshops on natural resources and community planning to create a high-quality zoni
ng map that will act as a model for other communities to spearhead and maintain long-term natural resource planning. As a result of this pilot project, 1,642 hectares are designated for conservation in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Over 30 students participated in weekly eco-clubs in 2015. These clubs aim to increase environmental respect, and better understand the human connection to the environment. The curriculum covers a number of topics such as animals, plants, natural systems, resource management, and environmental threats.
If you would like to help support this program, visit our ‘Get Involved’ webpage for more information.