While the Ecuadorian Amazon is the most species rich tract of Rainforest in the world, Ecuador has the highest deforestation rate and worst environmental record in South America. Oil exploration, logging, and road building have had a disastrous impact on the country’s primary rainforests, which now cover less than 15 percent of the land mass. In 2020, 10, 700 hectares of primary forest were cut and 27,237 hectares of tree cover disappeared in the Amazon region.
Consequently, SVSF is especially active in monitoring deforestation, illegal logging, forest fires and implements reforestation projects. We are pleased to be able to successfully reforest devastated lands with primary forest hardwoods and Bamboo (guadua). We provide technical assistance to Indigenous communities to facilitate and stimulate similar projects in their ancestral lands.