Our mission is to contribute from the community to the conservation of biodiversity, for the benefit of the current and future generations, searching for the harmonious coexistence between the human being and the nature.
At the beginning of 2011, a group of people who had worked in nature conservation and human development activities began conversations to form a foundation to work in conservation. We were motivated by the desire to contribute in some way to the challenging situation of the destruction of our natural resources, which is increasingly impacting life on the planet.
The greatest motivation to be part of Fundación Sembrando Esperanza now, is to shape and execute actions over the next 20 years to contribute to solve at least a couple of problems of our planet and country; deforestation, and the extinction of mammal and bird species above all.
The challenge is great, but the desire and the weapons are greater!
Camilo Rada has a B.Sc. in Astronomy with a Ph.D. in Glaciology from the University of British Columbia. Passionate about nature, he is an amateur entomologist and bird and plant observer. His research in glaciology is linked to climate change, focusing on subglacial processes. He is also a mountaineer with 26 first ascents, including summits in Ecuador.
Researcher for the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador - PUCE in the Specialized Studies Program within the "Civil-Military Relations" Project of the PUCE - ILDIS (Latin American Institute for Social Research) - NED (National Endowment for Democracy).
Educator with experience in logistics and customer service in the private sector. Although she has not been directly involved in conservation organizations, she values the transparency and accountability of the Ecuadorian Conservation Foundation Sembrando Esperanza, which motivates her to join the challenge.
A biologist with 25 years of experience in areas ranging from biodiversity conservation to climate change, Amiro Pérez Leroux has worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean. Born in the Dominican Republic, he obtained his Ph.D. in the UK and after research in Belgium, he immersed himself in the world of NGOs. Residing in Quito since 2001, Amiro joined the Foundation.
As executive director and coordinator of national and international projects, she knows the importance of planning for results and the monitoring and evaluation of programs, processes and projects, from an efficiency approach, analyzing the social, economic and environmental impact, relating goals - resources and time.
Guido Rada, 8 years ago, started a mission with friends to combat biodiversity loss and climate change through reforestation. He has planted 18,000 trees in various places in Ecuador, with the support of the community and his foundation. As executive director, he ensures the integrity of each contribution to protect nature.
Since the origin of life on our planet, different natural events have caused five mass extinctions of plants and animals, the last one 65 million years ago. Scientific evidence suggests that the Earth is experiencing a new critical period, marked by a destabilization and redistribution of the climate, in addition to a general increase in temperature. This situation is aggravated by the consumption of fossil fuels and the destruction of ecosystems due to human activity. All this together could lead the world towards the sixth mass extinction. These alterations in the climate are having both economic and biological repercussions, and it is estimated that their consequences will increase exponentially, significantly affecting the well-being of humanity.
We seek to contribute to reduce the impacts of this environmental crisis, watching over the health of ecosystems and their biodiversity, since these constitute the fundamental and fragile pillar on which the environment that sustains our society and allows its development is based. We are aware that every tree that is planted, every degraded habitat that is recovered, every species that is protected and/or saved from extinction, is a concrete way of contributing to the health of the planet, ensuring a better quality of life for those who inhabit it.
To achieve these objectives, we have formed an organization that will contribute to mitigate this problem, joining those who work for the same objective and those we hope to join. We seek that our contribution is made with a long-term vision and sustainability of all forms of life, for the benefit of both current and future generations. We want to be an organization in which everyone who shares its objective can find a space to contribute, with work, ideas, disseminating, economically or in the way that is according to their possibilities.
We will focus our actions on forestation, reforestation, restoring degraded habitats, establishing biodiversity reserves, promoting and/or developing projects linked to carbon sequestration, and/or reducing the impacts of climate change. The tree will be our emblem, as it represents the effort we want to make, planting trees, in a project with a 1,000-year horizon. We will make a serious effort in scientific research, which on the one hand will allow us to contribute to the knowledge of the best ways to contribute to the preservation of biodiversity, but also to contribute significantly to saving threatened or endangered species.
Our actions will be transparent, keeping in view management information, origin and use of resources, financial information, results achieved and impact of our actions. Decision-making will be informed and responsible. We will keep costs low and promote win-win relationships. Through financial audits we will ensure the proper use of resources allocated to the foundation. We will create a healthy work environment, where team spirit and dedication to the objective prevail over personal ambitions. We will encourage everyone to develop their potential, and we will seek to ensure that gender equity is at the basis of the constitution of our work teams. This is how we will generate synergies for the benefit of what motivates us, conservation. Seeing how plants and animals recover lost spaces, thus contributing to the preservation of biodiversity, and promoting a healthy coexistence between man and nature.
Our approach will focus on ensuring that the citizens, to become aware of these new challenges, those who take on these tasks, where our organization will provide support material and guidance, so that this effort to convene the many. We will seek to balance between the uptake of financial resources through donations, development of projects, input from our members, and the generation of its own resources; using the Internet as the central tool of communication, dissemination and uptake of resources. We will work on the basis of uniting efforts, to bring together, wills, establish alliances with other organizations that share similar goals, as with the public sector, private sector companies and civil society organizations; we will establish as a principle that the projects which are developed in the field, are carried out with the participation and working in conjunction with local communities.
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