Ecuador

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  • Despite its small area, Ecuador is the eighth most biodiverse country on Earth. Ecuador has almost 20,000 species of plants, over 1,500 species of birds, more than 840 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 341 species of mammals. Ecuador also has the distinction of having the highest deforestation rate and worst environmental record in South America. Oil exploration, logging, and road building have had a disastrous impact on Ecuador's primary rainforests, which now cover less than 15 percent of the country's land mass.

    While blessed with one of the highest biodiversity indices, Ecuador also has one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation estimated at over 300,000 hectares (3%) per year. In the inter andean basin native vegetation has been practically eliminated since colonial times, replaced by crops, pasture, towns and cities, and exotic tree (eucalyptus and pine) plantations. This region suffers serious soil erosion problems and today only about 1 - 2% of its original forest cover remains, mainly at inaccessible high-altitude locations above 3400 meters elevation. Donate today to help keep the Ecuador Amazon alive!

  • While blessed with one of the highest biodiversity indices, Ecuador also has one of the world’s highest rates of deforestation estimated at over 300,000 hectares (3%) per year. In the inter andean basin native vegetation has been practically eliminated since colonial times, replaced by crops, pasture, towns and cities, and exotic tree (eucalyptus and pine) plantations. Only about 5% remain (mainly within the Aw‡ and Cotacachi-Cayapas reserves) of the rich forests of the coastal region, most of which have been destroyed in the last 50 years by logging, agro industrial monocultures (banana, cacao, coffee, African palm) and colonization. In the province of Esmeraldas (in northwest Ecuador), the last unprotected old-growth forests on the coast are now being liquidated by the timber industry and cleared for huge plantations (thousands of hectares) of African palm which are currently responsible for the fastest deforestation rate in South America. Plant in the Ecuador today to help protect the Amazon for years to come! 

  •  The communities are called Villano, Puni Bocana or Buenos Aires. All are indigenous Kichwa communities where families own small parcels of land called Chacras. Where they have a variety of crops and livestock. For this reason, some of the land has been deforested or has no trees. This can lead to soil degradation as the topsoil is washed away in heavy rain.



  • You will receive with your donation:

    - Your Tree Certificate

    - Project Report

    - Photos and videos of your trees getting planted

    - Your Invoice and Tax Receipt

  • Hey! Start your Forest Fundraising page here for Ecuador's rain forests by creating a campaign and inviting your friends. 


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