How it all began
10 years of fieldwork (1989-1999) and seeking the best position in science and society for biologists who graduated from the University of Cusco, was a challenge that only the influence of Dr Jon Fjeldsa from the Univ. of Copenhagen could bring to fruition.
The Polylepis forests and the people who lived around them needed attention from the scientific, conservationist and institutional society, so in 2000 we created Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos - ECOAN, to work on the implementation of actions on the ground, to protect the remnants of the forest in the heights of the Cordillera of Vilcanota.
Between 2000 and 2017: 1,130,100 Polylepis plants have been planted. Working with 16 local communities from the heights of the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Valley of Lares, we created 6 Private Protected Areas (PPA), as well as parallel actions implementing the use of efficient Kitchens (Clay Kitchens), health programs, environmental education programs, nurseries for vegetables for families, implementation of housing improvements, solar panels, Ecotourism etc.
All of this could only be possible with the cooperation of the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), Alton Jones Foundation, Conservation International - GCF, Gordon & Betty Moore Fund, Awely, Rainforest Concern, Amazonas Explorer and other donors.