ECOAN (Andean Ecosystems Association)
The projects at ECOAN are unique in that they conserve not only endangered species and natural environments, a fair feat in itself, but also invest heavily in the preservation of high Andean cultures, the two work in a beautiful symbiosis under the ECOAN approach. All over the world the migration of traditional and sustainable cultures to the big cities in search for paid work has stripped them of their values and destroyed their eco-friendly way of living. To combat this, ECOAN is quite simply, planting trees.
What's in a tree?
Polylepis forests, endemic to the high Andean region are vital in reducing soil erosion, retaining nutrients and sediments, and producing a vital amount of oxygen to the area.
Local birds rely on these forests for co-existence and during the dry season the trees gradually drain the stored water gathered during the rainy season which encourage mosses to grow, which feeds other land dwelling local fauna.
ECOAN have planted over one million tress in the Vilcanota Mountain Range to date.
Trees and humanity
More trees means more forest which means more water, food and shelter, the three key ingredients for survival.
With the key elements of survival now at their fingertips, thanks to ECOAN, the farming cultures from this region don't need to leave their family and their heritage behind to find themselves soulless and struggling in the big cities for survival.
Now they can cultivate in nutrient rich soil to grow their food, feed their livestock and families whilst enjoying the shelter re-created from the
re-introduction of this natural environment.
The future is in the trees
By re-establishing communities within the forests, ECOAN also provide these locals with the tools to keep the forest alive, not simply cut it down for personal use. Knowledge is power given to the inhabitants of this area where improving nature is to everyone's benefit.
Meanwhile ECOAN are expanding their reach, planting more trees and saving more flora, fauna and culture and we're pleased to be working with them.