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GVI Amazon Monthly Achievement Report - June 2012

GVI Amazon Monthly Achievement Report - June 2012

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GlobalVisionInternationalAmazon
MonthlyAchievementReportJune2012
Ecuador-AmazonHubCasestudy:YouthEnvironmentalEducationAspartofouron-goingstrivetowardsraisingenvironmentalawarenessandincreasingenvironmentaleducationwithinsurroundingcommunities,weatGlobalVisionInternationalextendedaninvitationtotheAguaSantaPrimarySchooltovisitusatourAmazonExpeditionBasecampinearlyJune.Wereceivedareplyalmostimmediately,andinafewdaystheexcitedsquealsofchildrencouldbeheardapproachingcamp.Intheirimpromptuclassroomthechildrenweregivenabasiccourseinforestecologyandwhenasked,eagerlyobligedinidentifyingtheirfavouriteanimals,preferredhabitats,andperceivedthreatstotheirrainforest.ForitssizeEcuadoristhemostbiodiversecountryintheWorld,anditishometoastaggering16%oftheEarth’sbirdspeciesandthelargestvarietyofamphibianstobefoundanywhereontheplanet.SuchstatisticscertainlyjustifyanorganizationofGVI’sreputebeingincountryfromascientificperspectiveandhighlighttheimportanceofourresearchintheregionfromaconservationstandpoint.Yetitisthroughschooltripsandcommunityprojectsthatstaffandvolunteersalikeareprovidedtheopportunitytobarewitnesstothatotherandequallyimportantportionofourmandate–education.Weseefirsthandexactlyhowpowerfulthehumanelementofourinvolvementcanbe,andtheextentitmeanstothosewhoresideintheforestandwhothereforestandtobemostaffectedbyenvironmentallydegenerativeactions.Twoofthemost“handson”andvisuallystimulatingmulti-taxasurveymethodsemployedbyGVIattheYachanaReservearemistnettingandbutterflytrapping.Bothareideal“spectatorsports”andallowchildrentheopportunitytoeasilyandsafelyhandlecapturedorganisms.Withthisinmind,andinanefforttoallowvisitingchildrentoplayaroleinfieldresearchweallowschoolgroupstoassistwithrecordingdata,andencouragetheirinvolvementinsuchsurveysasmuchaspossible.

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