Global Americans is proud to partner with the EcoCiencia Foundation, an Ecuadorean organization that conserves biological diversity through scientific research, the recovery of traditional knowledge, and environmental education, while promoting harmonious ways of life between human beings and nature.
A percentage of all proceeds from Global Americans’ Anniversary Charity Reception on January 14, 2021 will be donated to EcoCiencia to help fund their continued work to protect the Amazon and strengthen Indigenous communities. Click on the image below to register for the event.
EcoCiencia was founded with the aim of generating quality information for making the best decisions in favor of the conservation of biodiversity and the well-being of the population. This challenge has demanded the inclusion of broader, more comprehensive and complex approaches and an interdisciplinary staff of ecologists, geographers, economists, anthropologists, administrators, sociologists, and planners, who together develop new methodologies, create tools, and systematize experiences in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.
Some of EcoCiencia’s current projects include:
This project works in communities of the Waorani Territory and will implement a technological platform that articulates monitoring efforts, strengthens forest governance, and consolidates planning on the use of community territory using state-of-the-art technology. This platform builds mechanisms for the participation of civil society and state institutions to contain threats, avoid further degradation of forests and jungle cultures, contribute to governance, and safeguard processes of REDD +, FLEGT, and other mechanisms.
Recognizing and responding to the risks of forest loss in Indigenous Amazonian territories
This project aims to quantify and analyze the risks to these territories and their environmental services, as well as the causes of forest loss; provide Indigenous organizations and their allies with robust information to be legitimately included in REDD + considerations and financing; influence national public policy to reduce or prevent future forest loss within and around Indigenous territories; contribute to the dissemination and implementation of the Indigenous Amazonian REDD + proposal (RIA) through Indigenous participation in the REDD + action plans of the Amazonian countries.
The goal of this project is to contribute to the conservation and sustainable management of the biodiversity of the Yasuní Biosphere Reserve by consolidating sustainable forest management models in two priority areas of the Waorani Ethnic Territory in order to diversify the economy, sources of income, and job options in Waorani communities. As a result, the illegal trade in fauna has been reduced, the sustainable management of agrosystems based on cocoa has been consolidated under zero deforestation criteria, and the marketing chain for WAO chocolate has been strengthened. Likewise, a WAO chocolate production micro-enterprise has been created under the organizational structure of the AMWAE, which allows the self-management of its funds to invest in new projects in the territory.