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THE PEOPLES OF THE AMAZON WELCOME YOU. EXPERIENCE THE JUNGLE. VISIT OUR AMAZONICA ACADEMY

 

 

TROPIC ICE - THE AMAZON RAINFOREST AND GREENLAND IN CLIMATE CHANGE

 

The tropics / the Amazon rainforest in climate dialog with ice / Greenland.

 

Our AMAZONICA Foundation has gladly supported this production by Barbara Dombrowski. The representatives of the tropical Amazon region are the peoples of the Achuar and Shuar in Ecuador, with which AMAZONICA is working together for 15 years. They want to protect their rainforest, to conserve it, and we help them.

 

We feel and experience the effects of climate change every day. Where nature is the liveliest, the effects of climate change are felt most intensely: fundamental change of the weather, the seasons, water and drought... and the worst: the extreme species extinction. We do not only know from the newspaper that worldwide every hour four species are wiped out – we are experiencing it on the spot!

 

Thank you, Barbara, and thank you, Greenlanders, that you create awareness in this joint project about what will destroy mankind!

 

 

AMAZONICA RESEARCH PROJECT:

A BIRD IS PROTECTING NATURE

 

The harpy eagle is the largest eagle of Central and South America and is regarded as an important bioindicator for an intact tropical rainforest ecosystem.

 

Ruth Muñiz is a world-famous Spanish ornithologist who has been exploring and documenting the behavior of this population of eagles for 12 years.

 

 

AMAZONICA financed the first scientific work with harpies by Ruth Muñiz in the forests of the Achuar in the Ecuadorian Amazon region in 2002 and 2003.

 

Since January 2014, AMAZONICA has been financing another research series with Ruth Muñiz. By monitoring the harpy eagle, we want to achieve declaration of their territories as a listed wildlife sanctuary.

 

In this way, a bird could protect the primeval forest that the Ecuadorian Government  wants to sacrifice for economic interests.

 

© DeLaMontaña

SWEDISH "SUN WATER" FOR THE RAINFOREST

 

 

 

 


Two Achuar fill a storage tank with ready-to-drink “sun water".

EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

 

 

PROTECTING THAT WHICH KEEPS US ALIVE

 

 

PUTTING TOGETHER MOVIES IN THE RAINFOREST

 

 

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.”

 

 

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