Ecuador: Land of Mega-Biodiversity, Conservation challenges & Alternatives
Speaker: Paul Greenfield
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The Tiny South American Republic of Ecuador is home to a surprisingly exceptional natural bounty due in no small part to its location and geography. Conservation International has named Ecuador the most biodiverse nation on earth. But this reality faces challenges that, sadly, pose serious threats to the sustainability and long-term survival of the wealth of ecosystems, habitats and species that are found within this nation’s reduced territory. Beyond its impressive numbers of resident species, Ecuador hosts many boreal and austral migrants. So how do we confront and combat these threats, that not only affect this country, but also impact our North American partners, like Ohio? A number of successful concepts, ideas and strategies have been put into practice by the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation.
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Paul has lived in Ecuador since 1972 studying and promoting the birds of Ecuador, their habitats, and their conservation. He has been (and is) an Artist, Field Ornithologist, Author-illustrator, pioneer in Avitourism in Ecuador since 1974, Conservationist, Consultant, and Avitourism trip leader. He is co-author and illustrator of several books and articles on Ecuadorian birds.