The World Rainforest Fund has a very special current project that we need money to carry out. We intend to save a rainforest ecosystem in Ecuador that has the highest number of species per acre on the entire planet. This has been verified by studies by botanists and zoologists. Species there include monkeys, parrots, bromeliads, butterflies, brightly colored frogs, majestic trees, spectacular vines, and many other spectacular animal and plant species. This high biodiversity is the result of the fact that the low land Amazonian rainforest and the mountainous Andes ecosystems meet and overlap in this area, so that species from both ecosystems occur together here. It also has an unusually high number of endemic species (species found nowhere else on earth). This unprotected rainforest is adjacent to Sumaco/Napo-Galeras National Park. These two facts are cause for enthusiasm in themselves. Yet this case is especially exciting because the government of Ecuador has agreed to add this area to the national park if we can raise the money to pay lawyers to draw up the legal papers, and to provide the local people with an alternative means of making a living to cutting the rainforest.
We are fortunate to have a connection with the government of Ecuador and the indigenous and local people through Fundacion OSA. This non-profit foundation is run by Jonathon Miller, who is well-connected with officials in the government of Ecuador and local and indigenous people in and near the rainforest we are trying to add to the national park. He is familiar with the needs of the people and rainforest in the area of the park. Fundacion OSA has an impressive track record of saving Latin American rainforest. From 1990 to 1994, it was instrumental in creating Napo-Galeras National Park, which today is actually part of Sumaco/Napo-Galeras National Park, and removing local settlers from the park and raising funds to provide them an alternative living to cutting the rainforest. Opening a market for Guayusa Tea it will offer a valid alternative economy to cutting the forest. Creating sustainable economies is a strategy that is realistic and proven from past projects by various organizations to succeed in protecting rainforest and species diversity while aiding local people. It is a vital long-term solution that fosters co-operation of the local people to preserve nature.
For the first $15,000, for every dollar donated to this project, two additional dollars will be donated by matching grants, one dollar by Jonathon Miller, and one dollar by an anonymous donor, tripling the impact of your gift to empower local and indigenous people, and save the rainforest ecosystem with the highest number of species per acre on earth.
We are supporting the non-profit, tax-exempt organization in Brazil called Hutukara. This is a coalition of indigenous tribes, led mainly by the Yanomami nation, fighting to save the lands of the indigenous peoples of the rainforests in the Brazilian Amazon. The Amazon Basin is the largest intact rainforest on earth, and the area with the highest overall terrestrial biodiversity—the largest number of species of animals and plants--on our planet. We are raising money to give the indigenous tribes the radios, boats, and equipment, and to meet and hold conferences, needed to save their rainforest homes, and to remove the illegal destroyers of this diverse ecosystem. Among the primary goals of Hutukara is to remove the illegal gold miners and other rainforest destroyers from the lands of indigenous people. This battle can be won, since the Brazilian constitution recognizes indigenous people’s rights to their land. One key ingredient needed is to enforce their right to protect their rainforest homes.
For the first $10,000 we raise for this project to help Hutukara, two additional dollars will be donated by a matching grant from an anonymous donor, tripling the impact of your gift to empower indigenous people and save a portion of the largest and most diverse rainforest on earth, the Brazilian Amazon.
You can view a film that teaches about a key conference organized by Hutukara and how it helped save rainforest, organize and empower indigenous people, and gain their rights, by clicking on this Youtube link: Hutukara Yanomami Association