The “Fundación Ecológica para la Protección de los Puntos Verde del Ecuador” (Ecological Foundation for the Protection of the Greens Areas of Ecuador), or in short called “Fundación Puntos Verde”, is a small, non-for-profit organisation, which provides nature protection and development assistance.
The species-rich mountain forests in the western Andes of Ecuador are already approximately 90 % destroyed. Through excessive use (cattle raising, agriculture, and lumbering) the area is severely degraded and eroded. The impoverished population emigrates into other areas or further clears the forested lands.
With its work, the Foundation “Puntos Verdes” protects the remaining relict forests, restores degraded surfaces and thus improves the living conditions of the local population.
Young trees are sold inexpensive to the farmers, who maintain these better than trees given as gifts, which are received and regarded as charity. On the other hand, farmers are even trained to make their own nursery gardens. Assistance through self-help!
Apart from the composting of organic garbage, Puntos Verdes co-ordinates garbage separation in Mindo.
In order to be able to reach more people, an ecological-cultural centre (Centro Cultural Ecológica) was built, where interested guests can be accommodated or conferences and courses can be held.
Study of the ecosystems of tropical mountain wet forests and its biodiversity. Here it concerns the role of birds as pollinators and seed spreaders, particularly for important kinds of wood of economic importance. The research is fundamental for better understanding the functioning of a complex habitat. Furthermore, it can be shown how food chains, ecological fumigation, and relations in between animals and plants function and how important all organisms are for healthy survival of mankind.We co-operate together with the Catholic University in Ecuador and the Institute for Biodiversity - Network e.V. ibn. Volunteers who would like to co-operate in research or other areas, are cordially welcome. In connection to this work, we hope that the local population obtain a higher income on a long-term basis through ecological, sustainable management methods in order to stop migration from the land and the exploitation of nature.
It is possible to work as a volunteer in the different projects. More information can be found under puntosverdes(at)biodiv.de.
Naturally you can come to visit us in Ecuador also as a tourist on our Finca Mindo Lindo and be shown the local natural beauty by expert leaders.
Dr. Heike Brieschke de Peñafiel (Biologist from Bonn, Germany) and Pedro Peñafiel (Ecuadorian carpenter and environmental protectionist) carry out the primary work out at the base in the countryside, while the other members help to support us with contacts in the capital Quito and our partner organisations in other countries. Contrary to most organisations of Ecuador, which have expensive office space in the capital Quito, we have our seat in the countryside (approx. 90 km north-west from Quito in the north-western province Pichincha). Therefore better contact exists to the target groups, the farmers, their families, schools and the rural administrative authorities. We, Pedro and Heike, operate even a small farm (the Finca Mindo Lindo, 1650 meters above sea level), are thus entrusted with the problems and needs of the local population in the best way. Our Finca, which is managed according to ecological sustainable methods, serves as model for other farmers. Farmers and their families are effectively advised through practical hands-on experience. At present we co-operate with some farmers in the province Pichincha in the areas of cattle raising, lumbering, agriculture, and cultivation of fruit. Although there is primary interest expressed from farmers, up until now due to financial reasons they have not been taken care for.
The region, where the Foundation is active, ranges in particular from coastal lowlands used for cultivation of fruit around La Independencia (300 meters above sea level; natural vegetation: Lowland rainforest) to the cattle raising and lumber region around Nanegalito (1500 meters above sea level; natural vegetation: wet forest) up to the agriculturally used areas around Calacalí (2450 meters above sea level; natural vegetation: Subpáramo). In these areas only parts of original forest formations exist, in which unsustainable conditions of lumbering are operated. These agricultural and cattle used areas are degraded by excessive use and erosion.
Financing relies mainly on membership dues, small private means and the free commitment of the members and partner organisations (VCP, Fascination Rainforest and the ibn). Without outside financial assistance could the successful work hardly be continued or even expanded upon. Therefore the Foundation is always dependent on support. So far we received some small subsidies from e.g. the German Embassy in Quito, the Hanns-Seidel Foundation, the Society for Tropical Ornithology and the German Ornithology Society. Even the smallest contributions can make a difference, e.g.:
Each donation whether small or large, would make us very happy. To avoid unnecessary expensive bank charges for foreign transfers you can send us donations within Germany over the Institute for Biodiversity - Network e.V. ibn. The donations are passed on to us by the ibn directly without any costs.
Sparda Bank Regensburg-Germany
BLZ: 750 905 00
Subject: “Puntos Verdes
IBAN: DE 16 7509 0500 0000 4528 23