EcoLogic Development Fund
25 Mount Auburn St. Suite 203
Barbara Vallarino, Melissa Haley, Gabriela Gonzalez Garcia, David Kramer
Joyce Cacho,David Bray,Judi Cantor,Mark Hiller,Dan Tunstall,Bill Green,Nicholas Schufro,Fernando Bolanos Valle,Kathrin Winkler,David Kramer,Norissa Giangola,Barbara Vallarino,Mark Spranca,Melissa Haley,Gabriela Garcia
EcoLogic empowers rural and indigenous peoples to restore and protect tropical ecosystems in Central America and Mexico.
EcoLogic works with communities to foster sustainable livelihoods and protect biodiversity. We aim to conserve unique landscapes in Central America and Mexico by putting rural communities in charge of managing local natural resources. By working with local partners we are helping communities become better environmental stewards of their land.
Our Five Areas of Focus:
Water Resource Management:
In Central America, only 21% of the freshwater available in 1950 remains today. This decline is due to extensive deforestation and a lack of economic incentives for sustainable land use. We work with community led water committees to protect their water sources through watershed management.
Through reforestation, Protected Areas (PA) management plans, the installation of fuel efficient wood stoves, the establishment of agroforestry plots that reduce carbon emissions and increase crop yields, the training of "forest guardians" and park rangers, and more we aim to turn the tide on deforestation.
Forest loss and degradation are major contributors to global climate change and constitute the second largest source of anthropogenic CO2 emissions after fossil fuel combustion. By using carbon profits as incentives for communities to decrease pressure on forests, the program simultaneously conserves biodiversity and important ecosystems, increases forest carbon stocks, and strengthens rural communities.
Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES):
A voluntary transaction where the provider of an environmental service is compensated by a buyer for continuously securing the provision of that service. In other words, the buyer compensates the provider for protecting the environment and ensuring that an ecosystem service will continue to exist.
Sustainable Livelihood Alternatives:
We understand that lack of alternatives is a major reason the rural poor degrade natural resources. EcoLogic works to promote sustainable agriculture, non-timber forest products and community enterprise. We are working to provide these alternative opportunities that improve individual and community well-being.