THE GREEN HEART project is the creation of a nature reserve at the frontlines of rainforest protection and reforestation action in Ecuador's northeastern Amazon. It promotes the revival and sustainable survival of a unique ecosystem through conservation, education, research and the development of biodiversity.
The nature reserve is located in the historical oil-boom area in the northeastern Amazon of Ecuador known for the biggest man-made environmental disaster in history. The nature reserve ensures that forests remain standing and those areas that were destroyed and contaminated by the fossil fuel industry are reforested and come back to life.
LOVE FOR LIFE's GREEN HEART project is being carried out in cooperation with our local partner, Amisacho
, which is a research facility that protects and reforests the nature reserve in the northeastern Amazon rainforest of Ecuador. Amisacho and the nature reserve are located in an area that has suffered for decades from the devastating effects of deforestation and oil extraction. With the creation of the nature reserve and thanks to the founder, Aquiles Muñoz, Amisacho today is a place of unique beauty, sustainability, and scientific importance. The objective of this nature reserve is to: 1. protect and reforest the rainforest, 2. promote education and research, and 3. conserve biodiversity. People from Amisacho have shown that a balance between human activities and the natural cycles of the jungle is possible.
The Amazon rainforest is one of the most biodiverse tropical rainforest and the biggest source of fresh water on the planet. When a forest is lost anywhere, people feel it everywhere. All life depends on the health and balance of the planet’s ecosystems. If the current trends continue, 50% of the rainforests will be degraded and deforested by 2020 leading to an ecological collapse of the Earth's heart pump.
People need nature to survive. Not only indigenous people but all! To protect nature is to protect the future of all life on planet Earth. The Amazon rainforest provides necessary benefits for all of us. It provides food, fresh water, livelihoods and a stable climate. The protection of the Amazon rainforest and effective climate action go hand in hand.