Deforestation is the permanent destruction of the forest for land use for other purposes, it is estimated that 7.3 million hectares of forest (equivalent to the size of Panama) are lost each year (FAO data).
Ecuador, is a country of 270,000 square kilometers, previously had 132,000 square kilometers of jungle. With a deforestation rate of 4% per year, it only has 44,000 square kilometers left, and 3,000 square kilometers are deforested each year. It is estimated that 12% of the national territory requires an ecological restoration in order to recover the jungle.
Ecological restoration is the process of assisting in the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or destroyed (definition by the Society for Ecological Restoration). Ecological restoration is a means of maintaining the diversity of life on Earth and reestablishing an ecological relationship between nature and culture. Ecological restoration can and should be a fundamental component of conservation and sustainable development programs worldwide by virtue of its inherent ability to provide people with the opportunity not only to repair ecological damage, but also to improve the human condition.
Bellandia Lodge is a social, tourist and ecological restoration project located in eastern Ecuador, between two urban centers: El Puyo, capital of the province of Pastaza and Tena capital of the province of Napo, named after the main river Napo river base of the Amazon River.
Although the project is located in the Pastaza province, it is geographically located in the Amazon foothills, lateral to the Llanganates mountain range. This wide sector less than a century ago was virgin forest, with an impressive wealth of flora and fauna. This jungle area has been affected by deforestation for the use of wood and the advance of the agricultural and livestock frontier.
The current tourism project protects 30 hectares of tropical rain forest, between 900 and 1000 meters above sea level and with lush slopes and geographical features, abundant natural water springs, within 30 hectares we built 9 km of ecological trails where You can admire the diversity of flora and fauna. Great Leaf works to protect this forest through environmental education projects.