YUNGUILLA RESTAURANT

YUNGUILLA RESTAURANT

Northwestern Michigan College students are getting ready for a Study Abroad project 60K NW of Quito, Ecuador, in the Yunguilla community. Yunguilla was once the site of deforestation and practices that depleted the land and disintegrated economic viability for villagers. On a comeback over the past 25 years, Corporacium Yunguilla is a non-profit, community run organization, that continually seeks to improve the lives of over 62 peasant families through organic agriculture, livestock rearing, eco tourism and micro-business projects - such as the production of jellies and marmalades, cheese, handicrafts, and now . . . a restaurant.

VASI – Amazonian Vision For An Integrated Sustainability

VASI – Amazonian Vision For An Integrated Sustainability

Championed by Conservation Biologist and Political Ecologist, Dr. Nancy Dammann, this collaborative project targets a little known corridor of communities along the Peruvian Amazon, facing increased pressures from extractive industries, violence, and illegal activities threatening biodiversity and livelihoods. Yes, little known, yet significant, as they are the gate-keepers of one of the world’s two largest bodies of freshwater and one of the greatest sources of biodiversity on the planet.