Strategy and Plan of Action:
Health & Habitat will buy the land (adjacent to its other holdings) and register it as a preserve, thereby forbidding logging and other destruction. Jatun Sacha park guards will patrol it as needed.
Tropical rainforests once covered 14% of Earth's terrestrial surface, but due to cattle rearing, agricultural use, development projects, roads, mining, oil exploration, and extraction for timber, now only 6% remains. If destruction continues at the present rate, all of these forests will be gone by the year 2050. Demolition of rainforests would have tremendous impact on the entire planet causing climate changes (increase global warming), losses in biodiversity, and depletion of rainforest resources. It would also have a devastating effect on people who live in and near rainforests, as experienced in Honduras.
Rainforests provide the sole habitat for over half the plant and animal species on Earth, making them the most biologically diverse habitats. Deforestation robs the world of countless species, many of which have not yet been discovered and identified by scientists. Each extinction represents a permanent loss in unique genetic material. By preserving rainforest, we can save at least some of the world's genetic library.
Your donation will be added to others until
there is enough to buy a whole parcel - $25,000 - $35,000. Consecutive
parcels will be acquired until the boarder of the Huaorani preserve
is reached - about 15 miles away. Total cost about one million dollars.
The larger the protected area, the better it preserves genetic material
crucial to survival of equatorial rainforests. Donations of any size
much needed and appreciated.