Living on the edge of the tropical rainforest of Mompiche on the north coast of Ecuador, we have become acutely aware that it is rapidly disappearing. The rainforest and surrounding land is currently owned by local farmers that chop down trees and sell wood to support their families. More devastating is the introduction of large multi-national companies that buy the land from these farmers. These companies decimate the forest and replace the vegetation with shrimp pools and palm oil plantations.
Mompiche is located in northern Ecuador, about a two-hour drive from Esmeraldas.
Our team realizes how important this forest is for the overall health of our planet, and are passionate about keeping it safe and alive.
The rainforest of Mompiche is disappearing rapidly.
Involving the local community is essential for the sustainability of the project.
In Mompiche, there is a lack of available resources that teach the overall importance of rainforests for the planet.
It is imperative to involve the local community, especially children and younger generations. The Foundation plans to implement education programs that explain the importance of this ecosystem, as well as introduce sustainable methods to generate income.
Existing laws do not prevent exploitation.
Ecuador is the first country with constitutional environmental protection laws. Sadly, the government does very little to enforce these laws, and alternately concede valuable rainforest land to mining and oil corporations.
The Mompiche rainforest is an extremely valuable ecosystem.
Mompiche is home to an extraordinary amount of biodiversity because it is considered a convergence zone of two environmental “hotspots”: the Tropical Andes and the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena. This area is known as the Corredor de Conservación Choco-Magdalena, or the CCCM, and is a vital ecosystem due to its amount of endemic species.