Pitalala Reserve (meaning “viper” in Kichwa) will be a privately-protected area in the upper-Amazon rainforest of Ecuador and the grounds of the Biodiversity Field Lab (BioFL), an in-situ research center devoted to the study and conservation of tropical biodiversity. The reserve’s goals are:

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1. Rewild the “accesible” part of the Ecuadorian Amazon

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2. Reverse the deforestation trend in the upper Amazon rainforest

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3. Help mitigate the effects of global warming

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4. Provide an alternative income source to gold mining in the Río Anzu area

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5. Promote the research and conservation of Amazonian biodiversity

Pitalala Reserve will help mitigate the effects of climate change by saving rainforests from deforestation. The destruction of tropical forests is responsible for up to 15% of net global carbon emissions each year. This is more than what is produced by all of the planet’s cars, planes, ships, and trains combined. Every day, more than 28,000 hectares of tropical forest are destroyed. By protecting forests, you can help keep the carbon they store from ending up in the atmosphere.

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Table 1. Reduction of atmospheric emissions (tCO2e per year) from various individual actions. Based on data from: Wynes & Nicholas (2017) and Klitgaard et al. (unpublished). © 2019 Alejandro Arteaga.

The creation of Pitalala Reserve will not only help mitigate climate change, it will also help stop the loss of biodiversity. For example, protecting 1 hectare of Amazon rainforest in Ecuador actually helps save the following number of animal species:

Amphibians

150

Amphibians

Reptiles

121

Reptiles

Mammals

204

Mammals

Birds

596

Birds

Fish

499

Fish

Arthropods

100,000

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How will donations be used?

  • 48% on land purchase
  • 48% on lab infrastructure
  • 2% on in-field research
  • 1% on creation of legal entity
  • 1% on closing costs

25% of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest has been cleared

Original extent: 78,678 km2

Remaining: 66,728 km2 -200 km2 per year

Location of Pitalala Reserve.

In collaboration with:

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