Conservation and sustainable use of the Caimito forest
The community of Caimito has decided to preserve one of the last remnants of forest in the Ecuadorian Chocó region. With this final aim in mind the local inhabitants, who historically settled together with migrant settlers -foreigners and Ecuadorians-, organized themselves and established the Association Sustainable Caimito (Caimito Sustentable). The objective was to continue preserving the territory with local agroecological practices and generating, for instance, sustainable tourism projects. The Association was established to prevent the advancement of projects threatening forest sustainability, namely large-scale tourism, eucalyptus plantations, logging of timber trees, livestock, and drug trafficking.
Photo credit: Instituto para el Desarrollo Rural de Sudamérica (IPDRS)