Fundacion Natura is an Ecuadorian non-profit, non-governmental organisation whose mission is to promote a national conscience dedicated to an improved, just and integrated quality of life for the population and the conservation of the environment. In order to achieve its goal, Fundacion Natura promotes policies and actions targeted to meet human needs and to guarantee the continuance of ecological processes primarily in the areas of environmental education, communications, conservation of biodiversity and environmental law.
Mr. Roque Sevilla
Mr. Sevilla has played a key role in motivating public opinion on conservation and management of natural resources. He founded Nagura, an NGO which promoted legislative measures, among them the creation of the Parliamentary Commission for the Environment, and the Directorate for the Environment in the Ministry of Energy.
Since 1985, Mr. Sevilla, has headed the Latin American Action Network to control the use of pesticides. As National Forestry Director, Mr. Sevilla established protected status for the Biological Reserve of Limoncocha in Amazonia.
Ms. Kakabadse was head of Fundacion Natura (Nature Foundation), which was established 1979. Fundacion Natural promotes public awareness on environment and conservation and has succeeded in developing legislation to prevent damage to nature's resources. Kakabadse's work prompted the President of Ecuador to declare the 1990s a decade of eco-development. She is IUCN's regional counselor, a member of the editorial advisory board of the "World Resources Report" and a member of UNEP's Senior Women's Advisory Group, Kakabadse worked as the NGO Liaison Officer in UNCED from November 1990 until July 1992.
Freddy Ehlers is an Ecuadorian communicator, who has been working in television and mass media since 1970. His series on Latin America Let's Talk About Ourselves (1979) became the first of its kind to show the cultural and natural values of the Andean region.
In 1990, he began with the production of a programme called La Television, a programme, which emphasizes environmental issues. One of the objectives of La Television is to create, amongst Ecuadorians, an awareness and a concern for their environment. It has become the most popular of all Ecuadorian productions and has the highest ranging of all TV programmes.
Fundacion Ecologica Arcoiris
Fundacion Ecologica Arcoiris, an ecological NGO in southern Ecuador, focuses on the protection of the Podocarpus National Park. Founded in 1989 by a group of university students, it has grown into an important regional organization, made up of volunteers, students and interested persons whose activities range from environmental education to scientific investigation to lobbying and public awareness. One of their first actions was education in schools and universities (a transition which continues) through lectures, conferences and field trips. They also make scientific investigations of the plant and animal life of the Park. In 1992, they completed a study of the threatened Mountain Tapir and of the Romerillo, the only native conifer of Ecuador. They also monitor bird species. One of the major threats to the Park is mining and logging which Arcoiris is trying to keep out. In 1993, they succeeded in pressuring a Norwegian mining company to leave the Park. They were also able to stop two proposed roads that would have opened the Park to further destruction from mining and logging. In March 1993, Arcoiris won a long court battle that mandates the Ministry of Agriculture to stop granting mining contracts within the Park.
Fondo Ecuatoriano Populorum Progressio
The achievements of Fondo Ecuatoriano Populorum Progressio (FEPP) have been both significant and numerous.
They include: reforestation of 3,000 hectares of tropical and high Andean woodland with native species (1996-2000); design and implementation of 418 sustainable management plans in humid tropical woodlands (1998-2000); development of 3,158 hectares of farmland under the integral management concept, benefiting more than 1,000 poor families in the humid tropics and the forest margin (1997-2000); development of 5,165 hectares of cropland under the agro-forestry system (1996-2000); development of a forest inventory of 12,463 hectares of native woodland with the participation of the indigenous tenant farmer and Afro-Ecuadorian populations which enabled the assessment of the non-wood resources of the forest for sustainable exploitation (1993-2000); management of 612 hectares of virgin woodland by pruning and thinning out thus enabling the local population to exploit its resources in a sustainable manner (1993-2000); construction of slow-forming terraces, soil improvement with plant material, cultivation, water catchment conservation and production of humus in various parts of the country (1995-2000); monitoring of water quality in areas surrounding Yasuni National Park (1998-2001); monitoring of mammalian species to determine the degree of impact of deforestation in areas of settlement adjoining Yasuni National Park (1998-1999); delimitation of 32 kms and placement of signs showing indicative forest species within Yasuni National Park and Mache Chindul Reserve, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment (1999-2001); and the provision of support for land tenure conflict resolution in Yasuni National Park and Mache Chindul Reserve whereby 25 communities with more than 180,000 hectares benefited (1996-2001).