Conservation and Community Projects
Projects update, Summer 2010. With grateful appreciation to all our volunteers and partners.
Santa Lucía has hosted teams of Earthwatch scientists and volunteers during 2008, 2009 and 2010 and is looking forward to working with the Earthwatch teams again next summer. The Earthwatch teams are trialing research methods in remote areas and collecting data about the forest's flora and fauna through mammal, bird, frog, lizard and snake surveys; and research of the canopies and climate change. Click to read report.
Camera Trapping Project (Sussex University UK and Rainforest Concern UK)
Training within the community
Santa Lucia strives to provide opportunities for local people to learn more about their natural environment, conservation and ecotourism, and training within the community is key to our sustainability.
During the summers of 2009 and 2010, Santa Lucia and Earthwatch provided intensive scientific study placements for thirteen young people from the local community, while a further thirteen secondary students from the Colegio de Nanegal spent a day at Santa Lucia, starting at 5am (at their request) birdwatching and learning about conservation and community ecotourism. In March 2010, 21 young people from the local community participated enthusiastically in a seven day 'Introduction to Guiding' course at Santa Lucia. Thank you to Rainforest Concern for funding these projects.
In April 2010, eight local people took part in a three day course 'Introduction to working at Santa Lucia and Food Handling and Safety,' run by Santa Lucia staff, Paulina Tapia and Freddy Quinatoa.
During 2009, Santa Lucia volunteers have worked in Nanegal's Under-Fives' Nursery, helping with the children's daily activities, starting up a reading project and creating a vegetable garden as well as running a very successful after-school club for older children in Barrio La Delicia-Nanegal. During the fiestas of Nanegal in May, volunteers provided hours of face-painting for children, and at Christmas, staff and volunteers presented a show with an environmental theme in the local towns of Nanegal, Santa Marianita and Palmitopamba.
During the summer of 2010 volunteers assisted in classes in Nanegal's primary school 'Escuela Esmeraldas' teaching physical education, mathematics, English and computers. In September a group of volunteers renovated the outdoor play areas in Nanegal's playground and the nursery.
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