ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BY GREENPEACE
ON THE OCCASION OF OUR JUBILEE 1982 – 2012
The AMAZONICA Foundation works successfully in the tropical rainforest for 30 years.
München (AMAZONICA) – 30 years ago, on June 27, 1982, the NGO INDIO-HILFE was created under the leadership of Mascha Kauka. The organization became her lifework. Today, the former publisher continues to serve people and nature through the Foundation AMAZONICA, another organization established by Mascha.
The commitment of the indigenous together with their German allies, is an unique approach: concerned people tirelessly offer their skills and abilities in order to protect the world’s last intact forest ecosystem and its largest source of freshwater. The entire world’s population profits as a result, and as such, it is the responsibility of one and all to support this struggle to protect our Earth.
30 years ago, Mascha Kauka was touring the Ecuadorian rainforest when one of the indigenous tribes asked the adventurous German woman for help. At that time, she found herself in a completely foreign world but immediately recognized that the continued displacement of indigenous peoples from their deep rainforest home would negatively impact all life on Earth. As long as the native inhabitants remain in their traditional habitat, they serve as its natural protectors. Due to their traditional sense of responsibility for their forest home, the “Guardians of the Rainforest” continue to protect our planet’s only intact forest ecosystem and our largest source of freshwater. Only when this relationship continues, we can enjoy a stable climate, protect the freshwater supply and the biodiversity of the rainforest.
Three decades ago, Mascha Kauka began protecting the home of the indigenous population in the Ecuadorian rainforest. She founded the NGO INDIO-HILFE and, with countless successful projects, helped facilitate a continued future for the native population in their traditional environment. Laptop computers are now as much a part of everyday life in the rainforest as are garbage recycling and solar photovoltaic systems. However, their traditional knowledge and practices, including the importance of protecting nature, were not sacrificed in the name of progress. In the 21st century rainforest, a combination of modern practices and traditional values are lived and taught to develop a future-oriented way of life.
All the time, new indigenous peoples invite AMAZONICA to guide them on the way to a future-oriented community lifestyle. Already, thousands have benefited from pilot projects. Further, students and scientists from all over the world come to the AMAZONICA Academy in the middle of the rainforest to learn from the native inhabitants and to study accompanied by the local hosts.
The massive project has so many facets and success stories that the entire “30 Years of INDIO-HILE” article fills page 23. As long as AMAZONICA can count on continued donations and support, the foundation will tirelessly continue the conservation fight for at least another 30 years, with know-how garnered during decades of experience, an amazing level of competence, and unparalleled creativity.
“30 Years of INDIO-HILFE”: For more details have a look into FOUNDATION / HISTORY.