What is the project about?
Colorful toucans flying over the treetops, sloths moving comfortably from branch to branch, while a tapir runs frightened through the covert - welcome to the fascinating Amazon rainforest of Ecuador! The rainforest is not only a globally important "hot spot" of biodiversity, but also the home of many indigenous people. EMERALD BERLIN helps OroVerde to preserve this endangered paradise. Jump onboard and show your support for protecting the rainforest with your T-shirt!
The future of the Amazon rainforest depends on your personal consumption habbits.
In many tropical countries, our hunger for cheap raw materials leads to excessive deforestation. The Amazon lowlands of Ecuador are no exception. For decades, oil has been mined there for the global markets. Rainforests rich in species had to give way and in many areas the groundwater is heavily contaminated as a result of oil production. The victims are the local people - including many indigenous tribes, who have lived in the Amazon lowlands for centuries. The Kichwa from Sarayaku have resisted oil production in their territory for decades. In order to protect their habitat permanently they work closely with OroVerde.
The Kichwa from Sarayaku are fighting successfully for the preservation of their forests and their culture. Every ally counts.
"Martin Baumann, Project Coordinator at OroVerde for Ecuador "Kawsak Sacha - Living Forests"
In Sarayaku itself several measures have been implemented to ensure the nourishment and livelihood of the local people in future, without having to cut down the rainforest. E.g., improved hunting management and small income initiatives in areas such as arts and ecotourism. The Kichwa also advocates for their territories and other peoples' territories to be recognized by the state as a new category of protected areas where no oil production is permitted and indigenous peoples can lead a self-determined life in conformity with their traditions. "Kawsak Sacha - Living Forests" they call this concept, which is based on their mythology and their strong connection to the nature. With OroVerde, EMERALD BERLIN helps turn this goal into a reality and protect the rainforest permanently. Thank you for your support!
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