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The “Biodiversity Project”, conceived by prof. Gianfranco Caoduro and active since 2000 intends to be a concrete proposal for the protection of forests, a heritage of biodiversity.

Thanks to the Biodiversity Project, until now more than 105.000 € have been collected and donated to the Otonga Foundation (Ecuador)*. This money permitted to buy 50 new hectares of Otonga Forest (Ecuador), added to about 2.000 hectares purchased in the last 30 years by prof. Giovanni Onore, President of the Otonga Foundation and founder member of our Association.

 

If you want to contribute to the purchase of new portions of Foresta Otonga, make your payment:

  • with postal order on the Postal Current Account n. 60188349
  • by bank transfer to the Bancoposta Bank Account IBAN IT40T07601117000 00060188349
  • via PayPal to the pay@biodiversityassociation.org account

 

specifying in the reason for the bank transfer:

Biodiversity Project – purchase of Otonga Forest (Ecuador). 

 

Each contributor will receive a certificate released by WBA and Otonga Foundation (Ecuador).

The “Biodiversity Project”, conceived by prof. Gianfranco Caoduro and active since 2000 intends to be a concrete proposal for the protection of forests, a heritage of biodiversity.

 

Scientists say that about 7-8 million species on 10 million that probably live in our Planet live in the tropical rainforest, which in the last century were systematically destroyed. Today, the rainforest cover is about 7 million sq km but in the past the cover was more than 16 million sq km. The destruction is proceeding at a rate of 100.000 sq km each year, with an estimated extinction of 35.000 species.

 

The Project was initiated by some Secondary Schools in Verona with the aim of informing students and citizens about biodiversity conservation and raising money to buy pieces of the rainforest. Small trees grown by students and little animals made by Ecuadorian indios from vegetal ivory are sold to obtain the money necessary to buy rainforest.

 

Today, one hectare of Ecuadorian forest costs from 1.000 to 2.000 dollars, depending on its proximity to routes of penetration and its potential for destructive exploitation.

 

*The Otonga Forest is situated in the Province of Cotopaxi, between 1300 and 2300 metres above sea level, about 100 km to the West of the capital city, Quito. It consists of 2000 hectares of native mountain woodland, natural pastures and reforested areas with trees grown in nurseries of the same forest. In the last 20 years the extension of the Ecuadorian forest has been considerably reduced and Otonga region together with the Reserva Forestal del Rio Lelia and the Reserva ecologica Los Ilinizas have become the last refuge of importance for the fauna and flora of the Ecuadorian Western Andes.

 

The donations must be headed to:
World Biodiversity Association onlus
c/o Museo Civico di Storia Naturale
Lungadige Porta Vittoria, 9
37129 Verona – Italia

 

You can contribute to the purchase of new portions of Foresta Otonga by donating once or monthly by deciding the share or choosing from those indicated.

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