Pucara Community Cloud Forest Reserve

PUCARA COMMUNITY CLOUD FOREST RESERVE

Category: Community

Pitch

Please take a minute to watch our video! https://vimeo.com/63207860

In 2008, the government of Ecuador amended their constitution, to become the first country in the world to recognize the rights of nature. They would manage their natural resources in a non-traditional way to promote “Buen Vivir” or good living. This approach strives to obtain communities that embrace nature; as changing humans relationship with nature could only benefit their country in the long run.

Pucará is located in Íntag, a region characterized by small farms, subsistence agriculture, poor communities, and the environmental pressures that a lack of economic development always brings. It is a rural community of 200 people and is situated at 2100 meters on the western slope of the Andes at the center of one of the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems: the Tropical Andes. The Tropical Andes ecosystem is one of the richest biodiversity hotspots in the world, home to 15-17 percent of the world’s plant species and nearly 20 percent of the world’s bird diversity.

Intag is also rich in mineral deposits of untouched copper and gold. After years of fighting off external threats of mining from such companies as Ascendant Copper in Canada and Mitsubishi in Japan, the government has begun reactivating mining efforts. A joint agreement to explore these untapped resources has been signed between the Ecuadorian Government and the Chilean state owned mining company Codelco.

The short-term economic gain for Eucador and Chile will leave lasting environment devastation and unnecessary social strain on these farming communities.

Documented impacts from large scale open pit mines can include:

Ecological Disasters
Deforestation leading to climate changes and desertification
Air Contamination
Water Contamination
Production of Tailings/ Toxic Waste from the mining processes
Introduction of toxins into the food chain
Disease
Inflation, reducing benefits from job creation
Corruption
Uprooting and relocation of local people

Source: Earth Economics | December 2011 | http://www.eartheconomics.org

Critical Need

The planned copper pit mine is a direct threat to Pucará. The lack of employment opportunities in Pucará and Íntag has led to out-migration while the impending issue of mining threatens the food and water security of the region.

For the past 18 months I have been working in conjunction with this community to help preserve a huge swath of the cloud forest as a community forest reserve.

I have created mapping products that identify land use within Pucará including primary forest, secondary forest and agriculture.

The next step in this initiative is to purchase 600 hectares of existing forested land, as well as abandoned agricultural land, for reforestation. The Reserve will also help to stimulate the economy and prevent labor migration of young adults to the cities. Young people from Pucará will be trained to manage the reserve and the reforestation process.

Through a Land Trust, land owners in Pucará will be given the option of selling their land to the Reserve at a discounted rate. In exchange, they will maintain title to their land while agreeing to follow sustainable agricultural and development practices to be monitored by the Reserve managers. The land sold to the Land Trust cannot be privately sold in the future, only deeded to family members. This process will provide revenue to the local economy, create employment, conserve the unique biodiversity of the forests, and prevent the expropriation of land for unsustainable real estate development. It will also serve as a model for sustainable economic practices and act as an alternative to economic development based on large-scale mining

The Pucará Community Cloud Forest Reserve will establish an important Habitat Corridor between La Florida reserve, to the South, and the Alto Chocó, Arbol Lindo, and Siempre Verde reserves to the East. This protected corridor then extends further East and North to connect with the Cotacachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve managed by Ecuador’s Environmental Ministry. This contiguous Habitat Corridor is extremely important to the survival and reproductive prospects of the endangered Andean Spectacled Bear and its gene pool, as well as the bird diversity that is responsible for the constant reseeding and health of the forest.

I see the $25,000 being divided up in the following ways:

$20,000 – Will go towards completing the legal framework for a land based reserve system in Pucara, outlining details of how the reserve will be managed, a fundraising plan and an implementation strategy for a trust board. Any remaining funds will go towards purchase of part of the total hectarage for the reserve.

$2,500 – Will go to a local organization in Apuela Ecuador in support of their Life Stories initiative. With such an imminent threat to the local communities, they are documenting the voices and stories of Íntag’s older generation, including those residing in Pucará

$2,500 – Will go towards strengthening Pucará's online presence. Including:
• Training for the local Spanish school teachers on how to provide Spanish lessons over the internet
• Creation of a community website, bringing together existing blogs into a centralized location. This would include domain fees and a nominal fee to individuals in the community for providing website content
• Training for local youth on maintaining the website using website builders such as Yola

Impact

The establishment of the Pucará Community cloud forest reserve will:

• Preserve hundreds of hectares of primary cloud forest
• Preserve hundreds of hectares of secondary cloud forest
• Reforest hundreds of hectares with native tree species
• Increase water and food security
• Establish a community development and scholarship fund
• Provide an economic counter-proposal to mining and non-renewable resource extraction
• Create employment through eco-tourism and conservation
• Provide ecosystems services worth millions of dollars
• Connect an important cloud forest Habitat Corridor necessary for the survival of the endangered Andean Spectacled Bear

Strengthening Pucará’s online presence will:

• Provide current information to volunteers and travellers on the community; including how to arrange homestays, ecotourism activities and Spanish classes
• Allow Spanish school teachers to reach a broader number of students
• Provide a forum to create awareness of the issues facing rural communities in Íntag
• Serve as a location to deliver updates on the Pucará Community Cloud Forest Reserve project
• Present contribution campaigns designed to assist the community



Feasibility

One of the main drivers that will make this initiative a success are the people in Pucará. There is a strong anti-mining presence and many of the people understand the impacts the mining industry will have on their land, health and livelihoods.

Already in Pucará, alternative economic development projects like the Íntag Spanish School and the Rio Íntag organic coffee cooperative are creating sustainable jobs that are in harmony with the forest.

Through the use of mingas, Pucará is already demonstrating their strong communal atmosphere, a trait that is crucial for the success of the Community Cloud Forest Reserve. A minga is when the entire community comes together to work on a project that can benefit them as a whole or assist an individual in need. Examples of this can include cutting the grass in the local soccer field with machetes, collecting seeds in the forest for their tree nursery or doing repairs on a home. After working hard together they celebrate their efforts together by enjoying a meal.

This money and assistance from existing non for profits in the area will contribute to the success. There are already dedicated individuals working on making this a reality right now. This money can only propel their efforts.

The legal structure for the Pucarà Community Cloud Forest Reserve is estimated to take 8-10 months.

The life stories project can materialize almost immediately. Local community journalists will be utilized to interview and transcribe. The stories will be broadcasted on La Radio Intag and uploaded to a blog for the world to listen in on. There is a lot of future potential with this one, including leveraging online mapping tools to additionally present the material.

The community website requires collecting relevant information and photography. Once a cost effective hosting platform has been chosen a site could be launched within 3 months.

I will offer my time and know-how from a technical prospective. This could Include researching web solutions, Skype training for the Spanish teachers, and taking the Life Stories initiative to the web.

Last Points

Take a minute to watch this video on the Pucara Community Cloud Forest Reserve!
https://vimeo.com/63207860

We have a new FACEBOOK Group! Search for “Team Intag” on Facebook and join us!

Read what Famous Ecologist E.O. Wilson has to say about the biodiversity in Intag!
http://www.intagcloudforest.com/wilson.htm

DID YOU KNOW??

Did you Know?...The Pucara Community Forest Reserve Proposal fits under all 4 G Project categories. Here’s how…

Beauty (this one is easy!)
Only 2.5% of the world’s remaining tropical forests are cloud forests. The biodiversity of the Tropical Andean cloud forests is stunning:

- 45,000 plants species, 20,000 of which are endemic
- 6.7% of the world´s endemic plants species
- 3,389 vertebte species, 1,567 of which are endemic
- 5.7% of the world´s endemic vertebrate species
- 1,666 bird species/677 endemic
- 830 amphibian species/644 endemic
- 3,389 total vertebrate species7/1,567 endemic
Source: NATURE |VOL 403 | 24 FEBRUARY 2000 |www.nature.com

These are world records in terms of biodiversity. This is the largest remaining stand of western slope tropical Cloud Forest in the world. Can we really afford to let this disappear?

Community
Through the creation of this Cloud Forest Reserve we want to empower the people of Pucara. By learning to see the forests as a viable commodity we can protect them while boosting local economy. Let’s take a look at the math!
The economic field of Ecosystems Services quantifies the economic value provided by a healthy ecosystem in terms of the services it provides: filtering of water, sequestration of carbon dioxide, prevention of erosion, wildlife habitat, etc.
A recent Earth Economics study provides high and low estimates for ecosystems services value per hectare for the Íntag region. The Cloud Forests were found to be the most valuable land cover type, providing between $708.65 and $12,413.57 of services per hectare, per year. The Cloud Forests comprise 60,965 hectares of the 151,171 hectares that make up the Íntag Region. The study concluded that the annual ecosystem service value of the Íntag Region as a whole is at least $62,165.384.53. The annual ecosystem services value of Íntag’s Cloud Forests is at least $43,203,021.44.
Therefore, the Cloud Forest covers 40.3% of the Íntag Region, yet accounts for 69.5% of the monetary value of its ecosystem services. This means that over a hundred year period the ecosystem services of Íntag’s cloud forests will generate $6 billion worth of services.
After reforestation the annual ecosystem services value of the Pucará Community Cloud Forest Reserve will exceed $425,190: a much better alternative than an economy centered on open pit copper mining and the destruction of the cloud forest

Freedom
The majority of families in Pucará sustain themselves through agriculture, growing almost all of the food that they eat. This lifestyle has been shifting recently as many of the people in the younger generations have chosen to leave the community after they have completed school in search of employment in the cities. This outmigration has created a large age-gap. The community is now mainly comprised of school age children and older adults. Consequently the size of the community has also decreased by almost half since the 1980s. We want to invest in the youth by providing opportunity! This reserve will provide education and employment through reforestation, ecotourism and reserve management. Investing in adolescents is the best way to accelerate the fight against poverty!

Knowledge
The struggles this region faces are not well known, often lost in the shadows of high profile conservation campaigns like Yusani. We need the world to understand how a loss in Intag affects us all at a global level. By documenting the stories of the older generation and sharing them, we hope to bridge this gap. Only through knowledge and awareness can we begin to understand what we could potentially lose. Thanks G Project for giving us a medium for sharing our story and our struggles!


Did you know?... the area of Intag "...is part of two of the world’s most important biotic regions, the Tropical Andes, and the Chocó-Darien Western-Ecuadorian Biological Hotpots. Many threatened species roam this area, from Jaguars and Spectacled Bears, to Mountain Tapirs, Mantled Howler Monkey, the critically endangered Brown-headed Spider Monkey, Pacaranas, and the spectacular Plate-billed Mountain Toucan; to mention just a few of the approximately 28 species of mammals and birds facing extinction."
This according to a local organization in Intag DECOIN

Did you know?... by establishing a Cloud Forest Reserve we can protect tree species like the Sangre de Drago (Dragon Blood Tree). The "blood" from this wonder tree can stop bleeding and speed healing of external cuts by forming a flexible bandage when applied over the wound. It can also be used as a mouthwash to treat gum infections and prevent cavities.

Did you know?... "the tropical vegetation of the mountain ranges in Intag hold substantial amounts of water throughout the entire year, especially during peak rainy months of December to April. On average, the annual rainfall in Intag ranges between 1,000 and 3,000 mm, and often exceeds this range during exceptionally wet rainy seasons, for example, an El Niño event. The vegetative system in these mountains is vital to downstream communities. Without the existence of the tropical cloud forests of Intag, a substantial amount of the rainfall would overflow the rivers and flood several regions at the base of the river system." this according to EarthEconomics

Did you know?... renewable raw materials such as Cabuya, Loofah and Tagua are all grown in the Intag Region of Ecuador. The strong leaf fibers of the Agave plant (also known as Cabuya) can be used to make rugs, baskets and articles of clothing. The Tagua nut has become an important substitute for elephant ivory and can be carved into jewelry and hair accessories. Loofah created from the pulp of a zucchini looking vegetable can be used to make bath accessories, shoes and even lamp shades. These handicrafts can generate employment while helping local communities maintain their traditional way of life.

Did you Know?…For every 3-4 pounds of copper extracted from an open-pit mine it requires one ton of rock/soil to be excavated and deposited elsewhere. As the soil is unearthed it increases in volume, so the size of the pit mine does not actually reflect the amount of material requiring disposal. The discard of this overburden has a significant effect on both the flow of surface and ground water. Water pollution driven by mining is a serious concern for the communities in Intag. Polluted water is unsafe to drink, can lead to health problems and is extremely costly to clean up. To learn more about the struggle these communities are facing to resist an open copper pit mine click here: http://codelcoecuador.com/resistance/

Did you know?....Protecting forest habitat is essential for small scale farmers in this region. Not only does it prevent erosion of farmland but it is essential to have forest habitat adjacent to croplands to protect wildlife and insect pollinators. (Earth Economics 2011) All people depend on pollinators for the food they eat every day. The AACRI coffee coop is working with farmers to support sustainable farming practises such as growing coffee plants under shade trees. Not only does this microclimate regulate growth and increase humidity, but the organic waste produced reduces the need to purchase fertilizer as the soil fertility is maintained. Creation of this reserve will educate farmers on sustainable farming practises and ensure they are followed. Read more about AACRI efforts here: http://aacri.com/desarrollo.html

Did you Know?...Forests play an important role in regulating air quality and climate. Gases such as CO2 contribute to poor air quality and in turn a variety of respiratory diseases in humans. The layer of greenhouse gases has thickened from years of burning coal, oil and natural gas. As the sun warms these molecules suspended in the atmosphere, it is creating a greenhouse effect and warming the planet. The importance of protecting this cloud forest is twofold. First forests are essential for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere ensuring a stable climate and prosperous economy. Second, forests are reserves of CO2. Deforestation releases large quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere, contributing significantly to global climate change. To read more on the effects of deforestation click here: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/

Did you Know?...The Andean Bear or Spectacled Bear is the only native bear species in South America. With meat only compromising 5% of its diet, it is the largest land carnivore on the continent. As an arboreal species it has adapted to living, eating and moving about in trees. Though docile, the Andean Bear is listed as a threatened species on the IUCN Red List. Intense logging and farming has resulted in a loss of habitat for this tree loving species across South America. Educating farmers on the bear’s diet is essential, as it often viewed as a threat to livestock. This reserve will help prevent further forest fragmentation, securing a habitat corridor essential to the future success of this species. Click here to read more about the Andean Bear: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22066/0

Did you Know?...A previous Environmental Impact Assessment completed in Intag, stated “that a mine would contaminate various rivers and water sources with heavy metals. These are the water sources of communities downstream. The levels of cadmium in the water would increase by 4000%, levels of chrome by 1600%. The copper in Intag is found in conjunction with lead, arsenic, cadmium and chrome. Cadmium causes kidney, lung and intestinal damage. Arsenic causes cancer of the skin, bladder, liver and lungs, lead destroys brain and nerve cells. These toxins can pass from mothers to children through breastfeeding. Once rock is dug up and exposed to air and water these toxins leach out into the environment. When it rains they run into the water supply. “ (Source: coldelcoecuador.com) To read more about other types of contamination associated with copper mining click here: http://codelcoecuador.com/why-no/#contaminationInfo

Did you know? … Intag is full of cultural history. Though to the untrained eye it may appear to be a rolling hill, there’s a chance you are looking at a burial mound. There is archaeological evidence that Intag was inhabited by both the Yombo people and the Incas. The gold figurines often found within these mounds speak of a complex prehistoric presence. Much of this areas ancient history is still unknown and a mine threatens to destroy the undiscovered culture, behaviour and cultural change of past people. Today the local culture is evident in the parades, festivals, celebrations and sporting events that happen regularly in these rural communities. As Intag is under treat of rapid development, we hope to document the lifestories of the older generation. Only through awareness and understanding can we really appreciate what we have to lose.

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David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
THANK YOU LYNDA THANK YOU ALISON THANK YOU ANDREAS THANK YOU ALL We have topped the voting thanks to all your hard work and perseverance in the vote! All the hard work, blood (yes, even blood was shed whilst running up and down sheer cliff faces in the initial mapping study), sweat and tears has been worth it! I am very humbled by and proud of everyone's efforts! Now we have to go into the interview phase of the selection process, and hope we come out in the top 4! I cannot see why not! This is the BEST project in the race, voted for by the best supporters!! Thanks again! 01:52PM June 03, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Thanks everyone for all your support and helping to give Intag the global attention it deserves! 12:01PM June 03, 2013
jonathan DeJong jonathan DeJong
Canada
Come on TEAM INTAG. Let's bring this home! 10:53AM June 03, 2013
rick catcher rick catcher
Canada
Great Cause 09:45AM June 03, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
I would also like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has voted and revoted for this idea. For putting up with my pitches and nagging for a whole two months. This is such a great project and it is nice to see that people are willing to continually support this project to make something amazing happen in Intag and to hopefully spark change around the world! 09:10AM June 03, 2013
Brian Bulla Brian Bulla
Canada
I love Pucara!! 09:07AM June 03, 2013
Joe Arruda Joe Arruda
Canada
Great cause for support Lynda 08:31AM June 03, 2013
Rami Abou-Hamde Rami Abou-Hamde
Canada
Go, Lynda, with this amazing project, GO! :-) 08:18AM June 03, 2013
George Takla George Takla
Canada
Hi Lynda, Great work, keep the votes coming. Good luck 08:17AM June 03, 2013
Justin  Pandoff Justin Pandoff
Canada
Great idea, good luck with the final votes! 08:14AM June 03, 2013
jonathan DeJong jonathan DeJong
Canada
Yay Intag. We are on the home stretch! Keep the votes coming in. The power of people to change the world! 08:08AM June 03, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone that has voted and revoted for this idea. So grateful to sit where we do in this grant contest. I also want to give a special thanks to Allison Hoogendoorn, Dave Jackson and Andreas Postrach for inspiring people to vote and giving Intag the global recognition it deserves! Viva Intag! 06:45AM June 03, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
THANK YOU DAVID! ;) 04:40AM June 03, 2013
David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
Thanks Anja! Thanks everybody!!! 04:14AM June 03, 2013
Anja Carlsson Anja Carlsson
Sweden
Hope you make it! One small step at a time! 04:06AM June 03, 2013
David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE!!! 03:35AM June 03, 2013
David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
Thank you everybody for giving up a little bit of your time to vote for the Community Cloud Forest Reserve in Intag. We are doing well and are just in the lead but we must ensure we stay there! There are only 10 HOURS left for voting and this is going to be a really close call! The finishing line is near but we must put in that final bit of effort to ensure victory for the people of Pucara, and the cloud forest ecosystem! 03:35AM June 03, 2013
Minke Dejong Minke Dejong
Canada
I spent a few weeks in Intag when my son and daughter-in-law volunteered there. It is a beautiful and wonderful place. I would love to see this project make it to the next stage! 09:28PM June 02, 2013
Jessica Kerr Jessica Kerr
United States
Hi Lynda — this is such an amazing idea. Wish I had more to offer you today than a vote and a comment, but I'd really like to see this idea make it! Very inspiring and regardless of outcome, I'd like to find out how to help you out with this initiative! 09:26PM June 02, 2013
Mike Bell Mike Bell
Canada
This is a brilliant idea, amazing video! Hopefully this will be a stepping stone for change to preserve our wildlife and forests. Goodluck!!! 08:13PM June 02, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
THANK YOU LYNDA! 07:46PM June 02, 2013
Joe Arruda Joe Arruda
Canada
Great work Lynda 04:48PM June 02, 2013
Brian Bulla Brian Bulla
Canada
Save the spectacled bears, not the HOGs!! 02:33PM June 02, 2013
Julia Robinson Julia Robinson
Canada
Good luck! 12:12PM June 02, 2013
Kathryn St Jean Kathryn St Jean
Canada
Good luck. We're pulling for you! Just another day of voting! 10:36AM June 02, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Come on team Intag. We're on the home stretch! 09:25AM June 02, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Did you Know?...The Pucara Community Cloud Forest Reserve fits under all 4 G Project Categories..Take a look at the top of the "anything else" section to find out how! 08:35AM June 02, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
COSTA RICA: INTAG YA VIENE!!!! 05:54AM June 02, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Absolutely Amazing! We have come so far in this competition. Great to see so many supporters from across the globe! 09:25PM June 01, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
WOW we just hit 2000 votes! Thanks so much for everyones dedication to this project! 09:13PM June 01, 2013
rick catcher rick catcher
Canada
Fantastic idea 09:08PM June 01, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Read what famous Ecologist E.O. Wilson says about the biodiversity in Intag...http://www.intagcloudforest.com/wilson.htm 08:41PM June 01, 2013
Colleen Pawling Colleen Pawling
United States
Thanks for working on this project. I lived in Intag for a couple of years about a decade ago. It is a gorgeous place and incredibly biodiverse. Mining has devastated some of the surrounding area, and has been a disaster both for the environment and the people who live there. The people running this project are also very reliable and honest, so I know it will be a great success. Best of luck to the Intag Reseve! 05:58PM June 01, 2013
Charles Smith Charles Smith
Canada
SAVE IT! 04:06PM June 01, 2013
till lassmann till lassmann
Germany
yay! 10:08AM June 01, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Let's go intag! 09:09AM June 01, 2013
Brian Bulla Brian Bulla
Canada
Go Intag Go!! 08:27AM June 01, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Did you know? … Intag is full of cultural history. Though to the untrained eye it may appear to be a rolling hill, there’s a chance you are looking at a burial mound. There is archaeological evidence that Intag was inhabited by both the Yombo people and the Incas. The gold figurines often found within these mounds speak of a complex prehistoric presence. Much of this areas ancient history is still unknown and a mine threatens to destroy the undiscovered culture, behaviour and cultural change of past people. Today the local culture is evident in the parades, festivals, celebrations and sporting events that happen regularly in these rural communities. As Intag is under treat of rapid development, we hope to document the lifestories of the older generation. Only through awareness and understanding can we really appreciate what we have to lose. 07:57AM June 01, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
AQUI EL BLOG DE LA ACCION: http://hey-mr-president-of-ecuador.blogspot.de VIVA INTAG! 06:01AM June 01, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
ACCION: HEY MR. PRESIDENT OF ECUADOR http://www.salvalaselva.org/noticias/5053/ecologistas-al-presidente-ecuatoriano-correa-salve-la-selva 06:00AM June 01, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
RADIO CORAPE (twitter: @corapesatelital) 25 Apr EN VIVO: Entrevista a Guadalupe Rodriguez de SALVA LA SELVA. Tema: Oposiciòn minería en Intag-Imbabura con @sandychavezs BAJAR AQUI: http://www.wuala.com/Intagie/Audio/Intag/ 05:57AM June 01, 2013
Hoyoung Park Hoyoung Park
Korea, South
The person who makes a success of an important venture never wails for the crowd. They strike out for themselves! It takes nerve, it takes a great lot of grit; but those who succeed have both. Anyone can fail. Success is the accomplishment of that which most people think can't be done. Good luck! 01:28AM June 01, 2013
Bryan Campbell Bryan Campbell
Canada
Trees convert CO2 to Oxygen. Are you too good for Oxygen? No? Then you aren't too good for trees. Save them. 11:34PM May 31, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
EN ALEMANIA NOS QUEDAN 3 DIAS PARA VOTAR DIARIAMENTE 06:07PM May 31, 2013
David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
VAMOS ECUATORIANOS!!! ESTE LUNES... TENEMOS QUE GANAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SI SE PUEDE!!! 05:20PM May 31, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
EL COBRE NO SE COME! APRENDEMOS DE INTAG. 04:50PM May 31, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
APRENDIMOS CAMINANDO. NO A LA MINERÍA, Y SI A LA VIDA 04:44PM May 31, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
El PUEBLO UNIDO JAMÁS SERÁ VENCIDO! 04:42PM May 31, 2013
Ming Gang Shao Ming Gang Shao
Canada
Amazing. 03:50PM May 31, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
PUT AN EYE ON THEM: http://www.enamiep.gob.ec /// http://www.codelco.com 01:22PM May 31, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Gracias a todos para las votos. Ya recibimos mas de 100 votos. Es fantastico para ver tanto apoyo. Son las ultimos días. El poder de gente para cambier el mundo una pequena pieza a la vez. Continuan a votar hoy, manana y el dominago! 11:03AM May 31, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
One small area at a time! 10:00AM May 31, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Over 100 votes so far this morning to help save cloud forests in Intag. Amazing to see so much support! Let's keep this momentum going as we head into the home stretch. The power of people to change the world! 10:00AM May 31, 2013
jonathan DeJong jonathan DeJong
Canada
This is amazing to see. Keep on voting people! 09:46AM May 31, 2013
Brian Bulla Brian Bulla
Canada
Go team INTAG!! 09:04AM May 31, 2013
Kristen  Hoogendoorn Kristen Hoogendoorn
Canada
Amazing to see all the support for team INTAG! 09:03AM May 31, 2013
Joe Arruda Joe Arruda
Canada
I have to think this is a great cause great job Lynda 08:13AM May 31, 2013
Dave Stewart Dave Stewart
Canada
salvar el medio ambiente.. 07:57AM May 31, 2013
Simon Morris Simon Morris
Canada
Great idea!! Amazing plan! Lets keep voting! 07:18AM May 31, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Did you Know?...A previous Environmental Impact Assessment completed in Intag, stated “that a mine would contaminate various rivers and water sources with heavy metals. These are the water sources of communities downstream. The levels of cadmium in the water would increase by 4000%, levels of chrome by 1600%. The copper in Intag is found in conjunction with lead, arsenic, cadmium and chrome. Cadmium causes kidney, lung and intestinal damage. Arsenic causes cancer of the skin, bladder, liver and lungs, lead destroys brain and nerve cells. These toxins can pass from mothers to children through breastfeeding. Once rock is dug up and exposed to air and water these toxins leach out into the environment. When it rains they run into the water supply. “ (Source: coldelcoecuador.com) To read more about other types of contamination associated with copper mining click here: http://codelcoecuador.com/why-no/#contaminationInfo 06:57AM May 31, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Keep up the good work everybody! 06:43AM May 31, 2013
Christine Shetler Christine Shetler
Canada
Lynda, great idea with a well thought out plan. Best of luck! 09:26PM May 30, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
SPREAD THE WORD FOR INTAG AND THE IDEAS. PLEASE JOIN THEM IN THEIR STRUGGLE AGAINST THE DESTROYABLE COPPER MINING PROJECT! NEWS SEE ALSO ON: WWW.DECOIN.ORG 06:58PM May 30, 2013
Robert Murdoch Robert Murdoch
Canada
Great idea and I like the proposed plan. You have put a lot of effort into this. Good luck, lets keep up the support!! 04:18PM May 30, 2013
Caroline Schultz Caroline Schultz
Germany
great project!! i have lived in the region for several months and strongly support this great idea! 09:56AM May 30, 2013
D Campbell D Campbell
Canada
Greet idea! 09:25AM May 30, 2013
Ming Gang Shao Ming Gang Shao
Canada
Miracle will happen if we keep voting. 09:21AM May 30, 2013
Justin  Pandoff Justin Pandoff
Canada
great project, good stuff. 09:13AM May 30, 2013
Brian Bulla Brian Bulla
Canada
Keep the votes coming....save the Andean bear!! 09:06AM May 30, 2013
Zaffar Siddiqui Zaffar Siddiqui
Canada
We're here at the home stretch and it's great to see so much support along the way. Keep up the great work, Lynda! 09:06AM May 30, 2013
Kami Baig Kami Baig
Canada
Great project. Save the environment. 08:55AM May 30, 2013
Brian McPhail Brian McPhail
Canada
Great idea Lynda! Good Luck! 08:48AM May 30, 2013
Joe Arruda Joe Arruda
Canada
Great work on this issue Lynda Good Luck 08:45AM May 30, 2013
Dustin Lessak Dustin Lessak
Canada
This is a great idea and I fully support Lynda's project 08:02AM May 30, 2013
Dave Stewart Dave Stewart
Canada
This is a great project! 07:57AM May 30, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Did you know?....The Andean Bear or Spectacled Bear is the only native bear species in South America. With meat only compromising 5% of its diet, it is the largest land carnivore on the continent. As an arboreal species it has adapted to living, eating and moving about in trees. Though docile, the Andean Bear is listed as a threatened species on the IUCN Red List. Intense logging and farming has resulted in a loss of habitat for this tree loving species across South America. Educating farmers on the bear’s diet is essential, as it often viewed as a threat to livestock. This reserve will help prevent further forest fragmentation, securing a habitat corridor essential to the future success of this species. Click here to read more about the Andean Bear: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/22066/0 06:46AM May 30, 2013
Jodea dejong Jodea dejong
Canada
You're back in first place! Keep up the good work. Keep the reminders coming :) 09:18PM May 29, 2013
David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
TIENES TODA LA RAZON ANDREAS!!! QUE VIVA INTAG!!!!! ESPERO VERTE PRONTO EN LA ZONA! SI SE PUEDE!!!!!!!!!!! SALUDOS! DAVID 07:38PM May 29, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
HAY QUE SABER EL CAMINO! 06:14PM May 29, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
http://codelcoecuador.com 06:12PM May 29, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
VAMOS AMIGOS DE INTAG! www.intag-ev.de 06:11PM May 29, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
VIVA LA GENTE DE INTAG 05:49PM May 29, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
INTAG AN UNIQUE EXAMPLE FOR THE WORLD! 05:39PM May 29, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
FUERZA INTAG! 05:36PM May 29, 2013
Jay  Babcock Jay Babcock
Canada
WE can pull through this TEAM INTAG. Let's go everybody! 04:01PM May 29, 2013
Ming Gang Shao Ming Gang Shao
Canada
Super! 11:39AM May 29, 2013
jonathan DeJong jonathan DeJong
Canada
Keep the votes coming Team Intag. We are so close to being done the final phase of this competition. This project has huge potential to change things in Intag, and start the ball rolling for projects in other areas that protect the rights of nature and balance human needs! 10:23AM May 29, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Did You Know?...Forests play an important role in regulating air quality and climate. Gases such as CO2 contribute to poor air quality and in turn a variety of respiratory diseases in humans. The layer of greenhouse gases has thickened from years of burning coal, oil and natural gas. As the sun warms these molecules suspended in the atmosphere, it is creating a greenhouse effect and warming the planet. The importance of protecting this cloud forest is twofold. First forests are essential for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere ensuring a stable climate and prosperous economy. Second, forests are reserves of CO2. Deforestation releases large quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere, contributing significantly to global climate change. To read more on the effects of deforestation click here: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/ 07:10AM May 29, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Thanks Hoyoung, hope you keep checking back to check out the new ones! 07:09AM May 29, 2013
Hoyoung Park Hoyoung Park
Korea, South
Hey Lynda! Really digging the 'Did you know' stats you're pulling out here in the comment stream. Really eye-opening. Thanks for sharing. I voted today. Good luck! 12:30AM May 29, 2013
David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
Thanks for the votes everybody!! Only just over a week to go!! We can do it, but we need your invaluable help!!! Keep up the good work!!! 06:32PM May 28, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Please remember to revote today! Only a couple days left! Did you know?…Tourism in Ecuador is the third largest source of foreign exchange providing over 400,000 jobs within the country. Compared to the Galapogas and the Amazon, the tourism industry within Intag is quite underdeveloped. (Earth Economics 2011) Ecotourism can play an important role in changing opinions and attitudes towards conservation at a local level. By viewing the forests as a valuable commodity, it can help insure these last remaining stands of tropical cloud forest are around for future generations to enjoy. Currently within Intag local NGOs focused on sustainable development and conversation offer a variety of EcoVolunteer and EcoTourism options. EcoVolunteer opportunities can include maintenance of a medicinal or organic garden, reforestation projects, assisting in cultural or tourism programs or volunteering in a tree nursey. As an EcoTourist explore Intag by mountain trekking, birding, rafting, visiting waterfalls or volcanic hot springs. 05:52AM May 28, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Did you know?....Protecting forest habitat is essential for small scale farmers in this region. Not only does it prevent erosion of farmland but it is essential to have forest habitat adjacent to croplands to protect wildlife and insect pollinators. (Earth Economics 2011) All people depend on pollinators for the food they eat every day. The AACRI coffee coop is working with farmers to support sustainable farming practices such as growing coffee plants under shade trees. Not only does this microclimate regulate growth and increase humidity, but the organic waste produced reduces the need to purchase fertilizer as the soil fertility is maintained. Creation of this reserve will educate farmers on sustainable farming practices and ensure they are followed. Read more about AACRI efforts here: http://aacri.com/desarrollo.html 07:03AM May 27, 2013
jonathan DeJong jonathan DeJong
Canada
Just a week left to go before voting closes. We are on the home stretch. Keep them coming everybody! 10:26PM May 26, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Did you Know?…For every 3-4 pounds of copper extracted from an open-pit mine it requires one ton of rock/soil to be excavated and deposited elsewhere. As the soil is unearthed it increases in volume, so the size of the pit mine does not actually reflect the amount of material requiring disposal. The discard of this overburden has a significant effect on both the flow of surface and ground water. Water pollution driven by mining is a serious concern for the communities in Intag. Polluted water is unsafe to drink, can lead to health problems and is extremely costly to clean up. To learn more about the struggle these communities are facing to resist an open copper pit mine click here: http://codelcoecuador.com/resistance/ Please remember to vote TODAY for the Pucara Community Cloud Forest Reserve! 09:42AM May 26, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Voting ends June 3rd. Thanks for all your support over the last couple months! 09:39AM May 26, 2013
Jodea dejong Jodea dejong
Canada
When does the voting close? 11:09PM May 23, 2013
Diane Olekson Diane Olekson
Canada
Fantastic Idea - good luck with your project Lynda! 04:10PM May 23, 2013
jonathan DeJong jonathan DeJong
Canada
Keep the votes coming everybody. Awesome to see all of the support for this great project! 10:11AM May 23, 2013
Ming Gang Shao Ming Gang Shao
Canada
very good. 09:45AM May 23, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
http://www.intagturismo.com/ 04:40PM May 22, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
http://www.decoin.org/ 04:39PM May 22, 2013
Ming Gang Shao Ming Gang Shao
Canada
Good. 01:49PM May 22, 2013
jonathan DeJong jonathan DeJong
Canada
Keep up the good work everybody! 06:53AM May 22, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Hi Katka. That is fantastic! Thanks so much for your support of this project and helping us to spread the word. Together we can make this happen for Intag and start to change the world by standing up for the rights of people and the environment against corporations and profit! 11:32AM May 21, 2013
Katka Lapelosa Katka Lapelosa
United States
Your G Project was mentioned in my latest article on Matador Network, the largest independent online travel magazine. Good luck! http://matadornetwork.com/change/10-g-projects-that-are-going-to-change-the-world/ 11:22AM May 21, 2013
Richard DeLisle Richard DeLisle
Canada
Fantastic! Can't wait to see what happens :) 09:17AM May 21, 2013
PAULA  PAVON PAULA PAVON
Ecuador
http://casapalabrapueblo.blogspot.de#sthash.6dPn1Tm8.dpuf 09:15AM May 21, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
http://casapalabrapueblo.blogspot.de 05:21PM May 20, 2013
Jodea dejong Jodea dejong
Canada
I hope you win and keep us posted on the progress of this project! 10:20AM May 19, 2013
Rami Abou-Hamde Rami Abou-Hamde
Canada
This is a great project, Lynda! I am glad to know about it and vote for it! 03:08PM May 17, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
WOW 1000 votes..Thanks to everyone for their continued support! 12:43PM May 17, 2013
Ellicott Dandy Ellicott Dandy
United States
Let's make this happen! Tell everyone to vote!! 08:56AM May 17, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Keep up the good work everybody! Intag is such an amazing place and this is a fantastic project. We need everyone's help to bring in the votes day after day and make this happen for the people of Intag! 03:06PM May 14, 2013
Jay  Babcock Jay Babcock
Canada
Come on Team INTAG! Thanks everyone for continuing to vote each day! We are thrilled by all the support and encourage you to share this great idea with your friends and family! 09:24AM May 14, 2013
Beth Kapteyn Beth Kapteyn
Canada
I try to remember to vote every day! What an amazing project. Beth 02:27PM May 11, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
It is amazing to see all the support for Intag and this great cause. Keep voting everyone and consider joining our group on facebook called Team Intag, where you can share pictures, ideas, and stories about Intag and be encouraged to keep voting! 04:31PM May 10, 2013
Julie Taillon Julie Taillon
Canada
This project is so important, I'm happy to support it! 12:36PM May 09, 2013
Rory Taillon Rory Taillon
Canada
Great idea, hope my vote helps 12:32PM May 09, 2013
Lindsay Roux Lindsay Roux
United States
This is an important project! 04:52PM May 08, 2013
Andi Postrach Andi Postrach
Germany
PARA UN INTAG VERDE, SOLIDARIO, PRODUCTIVO Y LIBRE DE MINERÍA El »buen vivir«, la amistad, la biodiversidad y las alternativas económicas valen mucho más que el cobre - preservemos los bosques, ríos y comunidades de Intag. FUERZA INTAG!!! 03:02PM May 08, 2013
Kota  Bota Kota Bota
Canada
Viva Intag! 04:13PM May 06, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Hi Ellicot. The voting closes on June 3, 2013. So we still have some time. We would love your help in bringing the votes in. Please share with your friends and family and anyone else who might be interested. We are in tight race right now with some of the other competition. 04:02PM May 04, 2013
Ellicott Dandy Ellicott Dandy
United States
Let's make this happen! When does voting end? 03:05PM May 04, 2013
Jay  Babcock Jay Babcock
Canada
My girlfriends sister and brother-in-law volunteered in Intag for six months. From what I have seen and heard it is a wonderful place, and this projects is a great idea. 03:03PM May 03, 2013
David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
Just for those who don't know Paula (who posted below), she is a respected community member of Pucara and is very involved with all community activities. She understands all the positive benefits that the Community Cloud Forest Reserve will bring to her people, and votes on their behalf! Thanks for all the votes everyone. Keep it up! 06:06AM May 03, 2013
PAULA  PAVON PAULA PAVON
Ecuador
Thank you to support so that you of this project that it is very important for our community in that way it protects the nature and more... 10:36AM May 02, 2013
PAULA  PAVON PAULA PAVON
Ecuador
Mil gracias a todas las personas que apoyan con su voto para el proyecto de Pucará 10:28AM May 02, 2013
jamie blasko jamie blasko
Canada
Proud to support this project. 09:37PM April 29, 2013
kiele phillips kiele phillips
United States
This is such a wonderful pitch! Having been to Pucara myself, I know this would be an amazing opportunity for all of the region. Imagine! All those children could stop leaving their families for a city in order to make much needed profit. Instead, they could do so right from within their community all while conserving the beautiful land! Team Intag!! 07:54PM April 29, 2013
Jodea dejong Jodea dejong
Canada
Way to go team Intag! 11:38AM April 29, 2013
jonathan DeJong jonathan DeJong
Canada
lets keep it up 06:39AM April 29, 2013
David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
Thanks everybody for all the votes! Remember to keep voting daily and sharing as much as you possibly can. :-) 11:40AM April 28, 2013
jonathan DeJong jonathan DeJong
Canada
Inag needs this keep voting 09:09AM April 28, 2013
Daisy McCallum Daisy McCallum
Canada
Only when the last tree has died, the last river poisoned and the last fish caught will we realize we cannot eat money - Native American Proverb Daisy McCallum 08:51AM April 27, 2013
Jodea dejong Jodea dejong
Canada
Keep up the good work. I hope you win! 10:53PM April 26, 2013
Melissa Freeburn Melissa Freeburn
Australia
Strong solutions, very inspiring! Having briefly visited the magical Bellavista Cloud Forest, I couldn't imagine any area like that and it's communities being devastated by yet another mining company. 07:35AM April 26, 2013
Kristen  Hoogendoorn Kristen Hoogendoorn
Canada
This sounds like a really great well rounded solution and alternative. My sister and brother in law spent six months volunteering in Intag. It looks like an amazing place. I wish you all the best with this project! 10:47PM April 25, 2013
jonathan DeJong jonathan DeJong
Canada
this is going to do so much good. 07:06PM April 25, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Keep up the great work everyone. It is amazing to see all the support for Intag and for this great idea that will help promote a brighter and more sustainable future for the people of Intag and the cloud forests! 03:03PM April 25, 2013
Melanie Ulcuango Melanie Ulcuango
Ecuador
Es un proyecto que ayuda a la zona de Intag en Ecuador, ahora que estamos amenazados con la mineria a gran escala la unica forma de frenar es comprando reservas comunitarias donde la comunidad sea la que cuide. Muy buena idea... Apoyen esta iniciativa 11:39PM April 24, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
We are in the lead but not by much. Such a great project. Keep the votes coming in! 02:01PM April 24, 2013
Kota  Bota Kota Bota
Canada
This looks great! All the best! 11:01PM April 23, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
WOW...WE JUST HIT 300 VOTES!!! AMAZING! 10:38PM April 23, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
We have a new FACEBOOK Group! It’s a place to share photos, video, thoughts and most importantly show your support for the creation of a Community Forest Reserve in Pucara! 08:34PM April 23, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
So happy to see the word is spreading and the Pucara Community Cloud Forest Reserve is continuing to receive tremendous support. Thanks everyone for taking the time to vote! 06:40PM April 23, 2013
Annette Hoogendoorn Annette Hoogendoorn
Canada
Great idea! Let's work hard to preserve this diverse ecosystem for future generations to experience and enjoy...cause once it's gone we will never be able to get it back and that would be a huge loss for humanity! 12:29PM April 23, 2013
Joanna Sullivan Joanna Sullivan
Canada
So fantastic - love this cause! 12:23PM April 23, 2013
David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
Thanks for the vote Jonathan! Hope you can make it back to visit the Pucara people again one day! Keep voting and sharing! ;-) 09:46PM April 22, 2013
jonathan DeJong jonathan DeJong
Canada
Great idea, Pucara is a wonderful place, i enjoyed my stay there. Keep up the good work. 09:30PM April 22, 2013
David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
Please comment as and when on this site, facebook and twitter. This increases our 'pulse' that helps with the vote as well! THANK YOU! 07:47PM April 22, 2013
David Jackson David Jackson
Ecuador
Thank you Amy, Pauline, Jeni y todos los votadores! Please continue to vote daily and share with your friends. It really is a worthwhile project! Por favor siguen votando diariamente para el proyecto!! Abrazos para todos!! David xx 07:36PM April 22, 2013
Amy Cowen Amy Cowen
United Kingdom
It's such a wonderful place. I hope it can be protected for others to enjoy and for the people who live there to have a sustainable future. 05:13PM April 22, 2013
pauline hachette pauline hachette
France
This is a beautiful idea for a magic region taht needs to develop this way, preserving its amazing nature. Pauline H 05:07PM April 22, 2013
Chapi Jeny Chapi Jeny
Ecuador
ES UN PROYECTO QUE BENEFICIA A UNA COMUNIDAD RURAL DE LA ZONA DE INTAG AYUDEN CON SU VOTO... 02:26PM April 22, 2013
Dave A Dave A
Canada
This is great.. Hopefully other countries are taking notes! 11:14AM April 22, 2013
Allison Dejong Allison Dejong
Canada
Great Project! Great Idea! An all around good solution that touches on a great deal of issues in building sustainable grassroots community development! Love Intag. You have my vote. 01:30PM April 21, 2013
Nathalie Jobin Nathalie Jobin
Canada
wow, it's a Great project, Lynda! I hope it will become real. You have my vote! 12:56AM April 21, 2013
Greg Peterson Greg Peterson
Canada
I like how this project hits many points..biodiversity, ecotourism, and sustainable agriculture 10:00PM April 20, 2013
Ryan Lord Ryan Lord
Canada
This is a great idea!!! 10:30AM April 20, 2013
Daniel Sendecki Daniel Sendecki
Canada
Revisiting your idea tonight, Lynda. Community tourism is an interesting alternative to the mining industry—and I'm glad you touch on it in your proposal. It's a sustainable economic development model that brings lots of benefits to the local population, allowing these communities to preserve their heritage, culture, and environment. In my mind, the key to driving social enterprise in local communities like what you've outlined above is having a supply chain. It's an integrated approach—tour operatiors support grassroots projects in the very destinations they visit in order to protect a resource—it can be a symbiotic relationship. I see that your idea closely aligns with the Planeterra model. Planeterra identifies the need and the opportunity, while G Adventures brings the market to the community through its global reach and scale of operations. Looks like a good fit, at least to me! 11:48PM April 16, 2013
Andrea McCallum Andrea McCallum
Canada
This is a great example of empowering local communities to be responsible for their own future. Good luck! 09:17PM April 16, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Hi Meret…thanks for the comment and questions…I am currently living in Canada but have been to Pucarà multiple times. Each land owner had the option of permitting me on their property to collect the spatial data essential for the land use maps. Once the projects goals were communicated, there was not one person that resisted. In fact, they each made time to come along and assist. From Canada, I am able to keep in regular contact via Facebook with those that go to Apuela for either high school or the Sunday market. I think about them every day so it’s great to be able to stay in touch! 09:54AM April 16, 2013
Malcolm Fisher Malcolm Fisher
Australia
To plant a tree is sacred..to save a forest is divine. Great project..well done! 07:41PM April 15, 2013
Meret Schueschke Meret Schueschke
Germany
It's great to see a project that seems to be thought through. Are you currently in contact with this community or do you live there? You seem to know them quite well... How do the local people react to this Idea? 01:05PM April 15, 2013
Zaffar Siddiqui Zaffar Siddiqui
Canada
This is a fabulous venture, Lynda. You've talked about it passionately for quite some time and I am glad you are reaching out globally to back up this project. I hope you achieve your goal and more! 10:49AM April 15, 2013
Adrian Zylawy Adrian Zylawy
Cambodia
Great idea, best of luck Lynda! 11:09AM April 14, 2013
Charin Silphisuth Charin Silphisuth
Thailand
WOW GREAT PROJECT. Best Wishes from Thailand #GAdv_charin #gproject 06:05AM April 13, 2013
Daniela Poe Daniela Poe
Canada
Good luck Lynda! Best wishes, Daniela 08:27AM April 12, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Thanks for all the votes! Please remember you can vote once a day and please share the idea around. Gracias por los votos! Por favor, comparta con sus amigos. Usted puede votar una vez cada día! 09:43PM April 11, 2013
PAULA  PAVON PAULA PAVON
Ecuador
Apoyo es una gran idea! 12:07PM April 11, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
I've updated the content to provide more details on how this project will be implemented. 12:07PM April 10, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
This will be the first forest reserve for this community. However, throughout Intag, an area sprawling over 150,000 hectares on the western slope of the Andes, there has been prior success in establishing reserves that are actively conserved and administered by the local people. 08:24AM April 09, 2013
Kathryn St Jean Kathryn St Jean
Canada
I see that a good chunk of the proposed funding would go straight to the purchase of forest. Has the community had success legally reclassifying the land in the past as a reserve? 12:24AM April 09, 2013
Lynda McCallum Lynda McCallum
Canada
Thanks Daniel and Cyndi...It's a community that is very important to me. 09:47AM April 08, 2013
Daniel Sendecki Daniel Sendecki
Canada
Hey Lynda. An inspiring idea with an impact that is far reaching and sustainable, I especially like the opportunities afforded by tying in the aspect of travel as a means to sustain the local community. It hits on the important points — especially empowering local people to develop their community. It offers an effective, long-term solution that provides autonomy and lasting opportunity for local people in the Intag Valley of Ecuador while conserving local environments. Thanks for this! 08:43AM April 08, 2013
Cyndi Zesk Cyndi Zesk
United States
This is a great idea! well thought out and supported. And offers short and long term benefits and sustainability. 08:23PM April 07, 2013