The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has pledged another $100 million toward efforts to establish and support protected areas across the Andes-Amazon landscape.
Deforestation, especially in the Andean highlands of Bolivia and Peru, was the main driver of this year’s disastrous flooding in the Madeira river watershed in Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest and the drainage basin across the border, in Brazil.
“This river was not contaminated before, it was clear and full of fish, when people began to live in the margins, everything changed”.
The Paramo of the Virgin is the highest point (4,000 meters) of the road east of the country. Is one of the main water reservoirs of Quito.
The Papallacta River waters (left) supply the great river Quijos, named for ancient pre-Columbian inhabitants of the region.
Despite being a strategic place to contain reserves of drinking water for Quito, Papallacta does not have a adequate system for wastewater treatment.
Cajas National Park is the main water source for Cuenca, but today is threatened by visitors who throw their trash and burn the forest.
On the slopes of Urco Mount Dora Paña lives, where their days pass between the history, myths, and beauty of the Atillo – Ozogoche lake system.
At the foot of La Chorrera is Maria Julia washing clothes, like she makes from ever. She also believes in the healing power of water.
For the inhabitants of Baños, the appearance of the Virgin of Agua Santa is the reason for miraculous waters that attract tourists from around the world.