Rural Development & Reforestation in Ecuador
(which stands for Rural Forestation and Progress Network Corporation,
in Spanish) is a non profit
organisation facilitating reforestation and sustainable rural
development in an agricultural area of extreme poverty. We
with over 200 communities in the subtropical foothills of the
mission is "Progreso Verde" or "Green Progress" - that is, social and
economic development, but in a way which protects
the environment. We
build environmental awareness and motivate and
assist local communities to take practical conservation action.
Our sustainable development projects help to
increase incomes to the point where people are able to think further
ahead than the next meal and can afford to care about the environment.
'price' of our help is that they must use a small
percentage of the extra income to plant trees - which stabilize and
enrich their land and provide them with fruits or other useful products.
"Green Progress" projects are long-term. We train people
in techniques for sustainable
agriculture and appropriate technology to add value to their
crops by processing them locally rather than selling them as raw
materials, and provide ongoing support. We advise on and
assist with the reforestation process. In this way the
communities improve their quality of life and preserve the environment
on which their future depends.
for the latest information about our "Green Progress" reforestation
and sustainable development projects in rural communities in
Ecuador, which include fair
chocolate production, organic
fair trade sugarcane farming and alcohol production, ecotourism,
plastics, irrigation systems, scholarships, rescue
ecosystems in the Galapagos
banks and more.
registered not-for-profit organisation, MBS. N. 02544
This website last updated: 8th January 2015
Verde - Green Progress
Sustainable rural development and reforestation in Ecuador
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