The Cofan people of Northeast Ecuador have a territory of over 1 million acres of rainforest. The area needs to be patrolled to prevent illegal deforestation, mining, and poaching. The Cofan people have been stewarding their land for millennia, but with growing threats. They need funds to provide the world with essential ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration and biodiversity maintenance. This project would hire 25 Cofan guards, maintain 12 stations and clear 20 miles of trail.
Globally, forests are being cut down, releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. The Cofan people are committed to protecting over 1 million acres of forest, but this area is under constant threat of illegal poaching, mining, and deforestation. The Cofan need to raise funds to provide salaries to native park guards, pay for their transportation, clear trails and build and maintain ranger stations.
This project will provide a year's worth of funding to cover the salaries of the guards and maintenance of outposts and trails.
The Cofan community of over 1500 families will have more sources of income without having to migrate or work for oil companies. Over 4000 million pounds of carbon will be sequestered per year. Native biodiversity will be protected.