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Scientifically Based Ecological Restoration

Actualizado: 2 ene 2022

At Humans for Abundance, our purpose is the conservation and restoration of the Amazon rainforest; for now, we are especially focused on the community of Mushullakta. In order to know what state the ecosystem we are restoring is in, we conducted a baseline study of the vegetation and the type of insects and arachnids that are found in the plots of land. This study gives us the guidelines to follow and will allow us to measure the increase in biodiversity and the strengthening of the ecosystem, year after year.

To that effect, our biologist and verifier, Dr. Selene Escobar, together with her team of scientists, organized two field trips. In December 2019, the scientists collected the data: they studied the plants, trees, insects, arachnids and other arthropods in a second-growth forest and in a 'naranjilla' plantation, located on José Narvaez's farm, our first restorer; then, they compared this information with the data they collected from the nearby old-growth forest reserve, to establish a baseline.

From left to right: a 'naranjilla' plantation, a second-growth forest, and an old-growth forest.

From left to right: tree canopy cover in the 'naranjilla' plantation, second-growth forest and old-growth forest.

What method was used for this study?

There were two parts to the vegetation study; first, a 30-tree census was carried out on trees with trunks measuring over two and a half centimeters in diameter: each tree's height was measured, as well as the trunk and the canopy’s diameter. To study the progress of the trees, each one was marked with a metal plate and with a GPS.