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.
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The main goal of the foundation is to protect the tropical rainforest of Mompiche, Ecuador. Almost half of the tropical rainforest around the world already disappeared because of deforestation: palm oil plantations, cattle farms, shrimp pools, among others. Save the Paradise is working hard to save what’s left of rainforest in the area, and we can only succeed thanks to the donations of people like minded.
Our second goal is to strengthen the community in Mompiche and work together side by side. We are developing different social projects ligated to the environment in order to generate work opportunities for the local people and in this way show them that we can live in balance with our surroundings.
The statutes and the policy plan states that none of the founders will receive a reward for the work related to the foundation.
We publish every purchase in our website news feed and social media. In the project section you can see how much land we already have bought, where it is located and which parts of land are on the agenda to purchase. The purchase contracts, current liquidity and other documents are also put online there. You can see the amount paid per hectare.
Save the Paradise Foundation is officially recognized as a non-profit organization in the Netherlands (ANBI).
For more information about specific conditions for deducting the gift in your tax return, check the website of the Belastingdienst.
Our foundation has the ANBI status approved. This means for today your donation is tax deductible in The Netherlands only.
For the countries of Ecuador and the USA we are in the process of legalizing the Foundation.
The allocation of the ANBI status has a very important purpose for the incoming part of the balance. For the companies and the individuals the tax benefit gives an extra incentive to donate. This incentive is a motivation for people and specially for companies in The Netherlands to donate.
If you make a donation to a cultural ANBI like Save the Paradise, you will receive an additional deduction for this. When you calculate your deduction, you may increase the donation to a cultural ANBI by 25%.
Charity donations can positively change business culture. They also have positive impacts on others.
For any professional company it is of huge value to show your social and environmental involvement.
Research has proven that supporting charity has:
1. Employee morale
2. Increased marketing
3. Tax deduction
4. Good for the community
When we start our commitment we will make a contract in which we register the agreements of the partnership, how long the partnership will be and the payment agreements. Also we will register per contract the use of our logo and how marketing is being done.
Selling land is a matter of missing perspective. Because since the land is transformed to cattle farms, palm oil plantations and shrimp pools, it doesn’t provide the region with enough labour to give people another perspective.
Due to that, many people of Mompiche have lost their traditional basis of life, especially fishing. Many of those who own a little land, offer it for sale, piece by piece.
The land is mostly bought by multinational corporations and is transformed into cattle farms, palm oil plantations and shrimp pools. Therefore Save the paradise is part of a larger movement in the region to give people a new perspective so they don’t have to sell their land at all. (see the project page for more Information on that).
For those people who absolutely must or want to sell their land, Save the Paradise offers an alternative: instead of selling it to a company that will destroy the forest, they can sell it to a Foundation that will protect it.