NEWS & PRESS
SWEDISH "SUN WATER" FOR THE RAINFOREST
There are many proven ways to sterilize water so that it can be drunk safely. They all work, but the water doesn’t taste good anymore.
Either it doesn’t taste like anything or it tastes like an additive or like the sooty pot from the wood fire... you can’t stand drinking it in large quantities, even if you’re really thirsty.
But that’s all over now, thanks to the SOLVATTEN technology from Sweden: www.solvatten.se
WRainforest dwellers, visitors and the AMAZONICA staff are all thrilled, especially because the process is sustainable, saves costs and we feel good about it.
Up until now, we had to have 5 litre plastic bottles of mineral water for the Academy flown into the rainforest – a crazy procedure, because the empties had to be flown out again.
The "sun water" is a win-win solution, which also shows that it is possible to survive in the jungle without products from Coca-Cola, Nestlé and the rest.
Two Achuar fill a storage tank with ready-to-drink “sun water".
EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
AMAZONICA is a partner of UNESCO at the ESD activity days
Presentation of the AMAZONICA Academy, its environment and its tasks; explanation of the meaning of the first off-road jungle academy for German and international students - study programs, disciplines, previous experiences and common exchange - photo and material exhibition, video stories - lecture / workshop at 12:30 pm and 05:30 pm regarding the topic:
"AMAZONICA Academy - nature protection through education"
Main ESD topics of our Foundation
Fight against poverty, population development, biodiversity, energy, research, intercultural learning, climate, cultural diversity, rural and urban development, human rights, raw materials & resource management, environmental protection, corporate social responsibility, forest, water, future
PROTECTING THAT WHICH KEEPS US ALIVE
Why is the primeval forest in Ecuador particularly valuable?
The colder temperatures and drought periods of the last ice age transformed much of the tropical rainforest of South America into a savannah. The former primeval forest survived only in secluded areas scattered like islands across the northern half of the subcontinent (see map).
On one hand, this made the settlement of South America possible by land travel (15000 to 25000 years ago); on the other hand, ecosystems that are many millions of years old were maintained in nature in a particularly sustainable manner. As the climate became warmer and more humid, the forest islands grew back together to form the largest current tropical rainforest.
South America after the last ice age
© Helma Strobel
PUTTING TOGETHER MOVIES IN THE RAINFOREST
We proudly present: "The Revenge of the Fish", the first animation video by indigenous inhabitants of the Amazon rainforest!
Location: AMAZONICA Academy in Yuwints, Shuar territory, Ecuador
Production time: 14 days in August 2013
Filmmakers: Young villagers who took part in the
workshop of the Media Department of the University of Applied Sciences OWL.
CONTRIBUTING TOWARD EDUCATION
Education is the most important topic and top task when it comes to supporting indigenous forest peoples, who are protecting our rainforests:education for those learning their ABCs on up to graduates and training in professions and activities that contribute to each family’s livelihood.
The Ecuadorian State is not only neglecting the indigenous population in the Amazon Basin, but it creates obstacles that are insurmountable, even for the brightest and most willing students.
AMAZONICA ACADEMY’S SUMMER SCHOOL 2012
The group triumphantly returns after a two-day march through the forest and a night under the stars: Professor Christoph Althaus, a lecturer at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences, with students from Germany, Ecuador, and Mexico, led by the best young Shuar guides from Yuwints. Both of the Academy’s locations were booked-out for the August 2012 summer school. Neither educational opportunities nor fun were in short supply, and all of the students would like to return in the future.
THE FUTURE: TRADITION AND MODERN AGE
A snapshot of daily life at the AMAZONICA Academy with the Shuar, who live in the Amazon rainforest area of Ecuador. The young man in the photo using the laptop is Jencham, and he is the first of his people to become an electrical engineer.
He achieved his degree through hard work and financial aid from AMAZONICA. Today, the young Shuar is the best example of how modern learning and traditional wisdom can be combined for a better future – a hope for the indigenous peoples of the Amazon.
© Peter Lidner
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.
AMAZONICA: WORLD-WIDE IN FOUR LANGUAGES
In March 2012, German International broadcaster Deutsche Welle aired a world-wide showing of the documentary “Guardians of the Rainforest – Mascha Kauka in the Amazon.”
The release was a multi-lingual repeat in German, English and Spanish of the 2011 airing. Now, the documentary about the foundation’s work with indigenous peoples of the rainforest and German students is also available in Arabic.
THE GERMAN EMBASSY IN ECUADOR ACKNOWLEDGES THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR WORK
30 years of successful work for Ecuador
It all began in 1980 with a holiday trip to Ecuador. On their tour, Ulrich Pohl and Mascha Kauka, a couple from Munich, visited the northern part of the province of Esmeraldas, the Río Cayapas and its tributaries. “At that time, Esmeraldas was really still emerald green,” Mascha Kauka recalls wistfully. “The jungle spread over the hills all the way down to the famous palm beach on the Pacific. We took a jeep and drove along the sandy trail along the coast until we reached La Tola. We then spent two days in a small outboard motor canoe traveling up river. Soon the map from the Instituto Geográfico Militar (Military Geographic Institute) came to an end in a big white spot – woodland which wasn’t measured at that time. That is where the Chachi people live.”