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Community Bioregional Education Program


Eco-Ecuador Works

2004 Reports and Dispatches

Please see our Announcement Seeking Volunteers for the Eco-Ecuador Project.

Renée Portanova arrived in Bahia in late January and after working as a volunteer, became the new Field Projects Manager after Brian Teinert left in May.  The 2004 Reports were written by Renée Portanova and Brian Teinert.

Peter Berg returned in early June. He began sending Dispatches soon after. The first Dispatch is the often-reprinted  essay Learning to Partner with a Life-Place. Peter Berg and Elise Braaten collaborated on a neighborhood oriented educational curriculum which became the basis for bioregional educational work in Bahia.


Other Years

2011 Reports (Clay Plager-Unger, Ramon Cedeno Loor, Nadine Flexhaug,& Margarita Avila)
2010 Reports (Clay Plager-Unger, Ramon Cedeno Loor, Nadine Flexhaug,& Margarita Avila)   
2009 Reports
(Clay Plager-Unger, Ramon Cedeno Loor, Paola Divita & Fabiola Coella)
2008 Reports
(Clay Plager-Unger, Ramon Cedeno Loor)
2007 Reports
(Clay Plager-Unger, Ramon Cedeno Loor
2006 Reports
(Dan Robbins, Patrick Wylie, Valentina Carminati, Sarah Couture, Heather Crawford) 
2005 Reports
(Heather Crawford, Renée Portanova, Kristen Lansdale, Riccardo Clemente, et al.)
2003 Reports
(Brian Teinert). 
2002 Reports (Simon Winch, Sara Gomez and Matt, Chris Haaf, Kristen Ford, Jeff Godden, and Lisa Kundrat) 
2001 Reports
( Amy Jewel) 
2000 Reports
(Carey Knecht, Claire Dibble) 
1999 Reports (Peter Berg, Patricio Tamariz)  


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The Ecuadorian coastal city of Bahia de Caraquez has committed itself through law to become ecological and sustainable. Planet Drum Foundation in San Francisco, California helped create community awareness of issues there at a celebration announcing the Ecological City Declaration in January 1999.
Since then, Planet Drum has established a field office and carried out a major bioregional project to revegetate a city barrio with native trees for erosion control against future mudslides and to create an urban "wild corridor." We are currently working on additional revegetation of hillsides, water supply and purity, household ecology education, biological sewage treatment, alternative energy, and others.
You are invited to assist or visit these projects. If you are interested in doing so, please inform us as soon as possible so that we can fit you into our schedule. Click here for more information about volunteering.