Ecuador’s Jondachi River Needs Your Help

The Jondachi-Hollin River System is Being Threatened; But You Can Help!

The Jondachi and Hollin Rivers offer some of Ecuador’s best boating. These rivers flow through incredibly lush primary and secondary rainforest, and are currently under attack on two fronts:

1- A PROPOSED DAM ON THE UPPER JONDACHI. This dam would be situated right at the confluence of the Jondachi and Urcusiqui rivers and would completely de-water the ultra-classic Upper Jondachi and heavily impact the river corridor.

2- NEW OIL DEVELOPMENT AROUND TENA. Both the Jondachi and Hollin Rivers are threatened by a new oil operation that the Ivanhoe Energy Corporation is developing. The company has the contract to develop the “Block 20″ Pungarayacu oil concession and plans to use hydraulic fracturing to extract the low-grade crude from bituminous tar sands found throughout the area.

Tena is right in the middle of Block 20, and this area also includes the Jondachi, Hollin, Misahualli, and Napo Rivers. They are currently in “exploratory” stages, but will reach full-blown development in the coming years, and we need to take proactive measures to protect the most valuable resources, and make sure they have some checks and balances as they proceed.

The Ecuadorian Rivers Institute (ERI) is proposing the designation of a protected river corridor along the Jondachi-Hollin-Misahualli-Napo Rivers that would limit development, and provide important ecological connectivity between protected areas in the headwaters through a free-flowing, scenic river corridor down to lowland reserves in the Amazon basin.

The ERI is the only organization working to protect whitewater rivers for the benefit of future generations in Ecuador, and Small World Adventures is working closely with the ERI to develop a sound strategy for protecting the Jondachi-Hollin ecosystem.

While there are many important river conservation issues to address in Ecuador, we are putting our energy and money into the Jondachi right now because it is one of the highest quality, free-flowing river resources we have left near Tena, and we believe the ERI has a winning proposal that will gain widespread local support to protect these rivers.

Right now, what the ERI needs most is funding. If you can help with this, please DONATE NOW!

Your donation to the Ecuadorian Rivers Institute, which is a US, 501c3 non-profit organization, is TAX DEDUCTIBLE. If you have any questions, please write to info@ecuadorianrivers.org

A few things that the ERI hopes to accomplish in the coming months are:

1. GAIN LOCAL SUPPORT FOR PRESERVING A FREE-FLOWING, PROTECTED JONDACHI RIVER CORRIDOR BY INCREASING KNOWLEDGE AND APPRECIATION OF THE JONDACHI WATERSHED AND ECOSYSTEM

2. INTRODUCE LEGISLATION FOR CREATING AN ECUADORIAN WILD AND SCENIC PROTECTED RIVER DESIGNATION

3. MAINTAIN LEGAL OPPOSITION TO INAPPROPRIATE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN THE JONDACHI WATERSHED

4. IMPROVE WEBSITE PRESENCE AND COMMUNICATION ABOUT ISSUES AND ACTIVITIES IN ECUADOR

5. GENERATE IMPORTANT INCENTIVES AND EMPLOYMENT FOR LOCAL STAKEHOLDERS IN THE JONDACHI WATERSHED THROUGH EXISTING LAND GRANT AND REFORESTATION PROGRAMS (TRYING TO SHIFT THE FOCUS FROM DESTRUCTIVE DEVELOPMENT).

It takes a lot of time, effort, and money to maintain a non-profit organization and push these initiatives forward. So if you can, please donate to the ERI so they can cover operating expenses and dedicate the time and resources necessary to save the Jondachi River.

Besides sending money, there are other ways you can help the ERI:

Volunteer to design and set up a website and blog for the “Amigos del Jondachi”
ERI is looking for possible interns in Ecuador and the USA
Share your ideas for setting up a Jondachi fundraiser
Volunteer to write grants to secure funding for this project
Come paddle the Jondachi River for yourself and you’ll see that it’s worth saving!

The Rio Jondachi is a precious whitewater river with excellent water quality, world class rapids, fern covered cliffs, tons of parrots and other exotic birds, and blue morpho butterflies. All of this is set deep within a remote, jungle canyon at the foothills of the Andes in the upper Amazon basin.

Believe us when we tell you this river is worth saving! Or, better yet, come paddle the Jondachi for yourself. If more people come paddle the Jondachi, Ecuador will be more likely to recognize the river’s value as a tourism resource. The more that the people living near these important rivers see that tourism is a viable part of local economy, the more likely they’ll be to support ERI in its mission to protect these waterways–and local support is key!

So come paddle the Jondachi with Small World Adventures and show your support for this river!

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