Scientific research is a fundamental pillar of the Mashpi Lodge project, which has had a permanent resident biologist at work in our reserve since 2009.
María Fernanda Barriga, chef and girl power advocate, shares her experiences with us.
Curiosity, scientific rigor and strong commitment to the Andean Chocó all played a part in describing Hyalinobatrachium mashpi for science — another unique species in our reserve.
The production and consumption of local agroecological products protect the ecosystems of the Andean Chocó
The agroecological transition promotes sustainable production models and responsible consumption that both improve people’s living conditions and contribute to the integral conservation of the Chocó Andino’s forests.
Across the planet, every continent has its own collection of plants and animals that are specific to each region. So, for example, in Africa we find rhinos, giraffes and hippos; in Australia koalas and kangaroos; in South America jaguars, pumas and llamas. On a smaller scale, these differences also exist, although they are less obvious and sometimes found in areas with much greater rates of biodiversity than others.
The classrooms of the schools and colleges of Ecuador are filling little by little after a period that, with frightening strength, reminded us of the importance of education in our society and the inequity of access to it in rural Ecuador. Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency are unprecedented phenomena for modern society. These contexts require urgent actions that reflect our innovative and resilient human potential.
The Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Guayabillas (ASOMEG in Spanish) produces and markets tropical fruit products made with agroecological and local crops. These products enable the Association’s members to take advantage of the region northwest of Quito’s astounding diversity and rich production, and improve their families’ and communities’ incomes, all the while strengthening the caring bonds woven between women and their relationship with nature.
The dictionary definition of a guardian is a person who cares for or guards something, but beyond that strict definition, a guardian could also be a thing or an animal, not just a human: a dog or any other animal that defends or protects.
Have you ever thought about going in one single trek from Mashpi to the North towards the
Cotacachi-Cayapas National Park, or to the Southeast towards the Mindo-Nambillo Reserve?
How many times have you read or heard that Ecuador is a megadiverse country? No matter where we go in the country, we will always be surrounded by an endless number of species swamped in their daily activities to obtain nutrients and energy. Perhaps, it could be hard for us to notice how those species interact with each other, and even more challenging if they are not visible to our eyes (bacteria, small insects, etc).