Week 17 Los Cedros Reserve (Ecuador)

While Panama with its paper trail sends shockwaves through the rest of the world, poor beautiful Ecuador is reeling terribly from another kind.

The coastal area and its inhabitants are suffering the most from the recent earthquakes.  Meanwhile the inland Andean and Amazonian areas are silently suffering their own tragedy and theirs could be largely avoided.



Some pressures facing these most biodiverse areas on earth include logging, mining, poaching and clearing for farmland.

Enough food can be produced to feed the world population until at least 2050 without the need to further clear forests for farmland, according to new research.

Diet key to feeding the world in 2050 without further deforestation, modelling suggests.

And as for the other issues, are they the result of need…or just greed?

Reserva Los Cedros (The Cedars?)ridges through clouds

Los Cedros Biological Reserve consists of 17,000 acres of wet tropical forest and cloud forest.  It is a forest and wildlife reserve that was founded in 1988 with the purchase of the first land holding. The Los Cedros Reserve provides habitat for monkeys, bears, armadillos, pumas and jaguars.  It is studied by scientists from around the world.  This land was strategically chosen to halt the colonisation, poaching an illegal logging that have been undermining the adjacent Cotocachi-Cayapas national park.  This region contains the most diverse forest on earth.

This establishment of Los Cedros was made possible with the help of numerous individuals and organisations.  We would like to thank … especially the Rainforest Information Centre of Australia.

The rainforest who??  This is the first time I have heard of the RIC, but I have just visited their site and wow!

I love this 52 week challenge of discovery.  Yesterday morning I didn’t even know Los Cedros existed, now it already has a place in my heart… I found it after following many Google breadcrumb trails, most of which began and ended with Ecuadorean ‘voluntourism’ sites.  Many of these ‘charities’ seem to exist just for the sake of earning the ready cash of foreign voluntourists. (One other did stand out as being legitimate and worthwhile, but I thought they probably had their expenses covered pretty well: www.merazonia.org/)

The good news is, if voluntourism is your thing, you can also do this at Los Cedros, information is available directly on their site.


I found it hard to find a way to donate to them, but at last found this, though it will expire in June 2016.

Los Cedros Fund 2016

What We Need

We need to raise $5,000 immediately to be able to re-survey the boundaries of the reserve and for our staff to have the living expenses to be able to travel to Ibarra and Quito to meet with government officials to advocate for the integrity of the reserve.

Patrol must be hired to assist the community members who watch the trails for illegal logging and hunting.

We also need to maintain all that we have built to house volunteers, researchers and tourists that are the backbone of the monthly support for the reserve’s management.

All donations are tax-deductible for Australians…So this is how to get some tax dollars spent on the environment at last!


Birdy says thank you.  From coast to mountains, I wish for the very best for you, Ecuador.