Engaging youth in biodiversity conservation….

¨Education breeds confidence, confidence breeds hope, and hope breeds peace¨ -Confucius

Last Monday, I had the chance to present Vivamos el Bosque at the Catholic University in Quito to a class of undergrad biology students. One of the goals of the project is to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity conservation in urban areas, and to invite more people to take actions to protect the cloud forest.
As a guest speaker in a course of Biodiversity and Development, I presented Vivamos el Bosque from beginning to end…How did it started? The dream, the idea, the project… How did Jane Goodall Inspired me? How did Dekeyser & Friends Academy supported my venture? and How did I implemented Vivamos el Bosque this year….DSC_0869My goal was to show how small initiatives can have a positive impact in people and the environment. Students got really interested in the project. They asked important questions and gave good feedback to improve the project. Questions such as “how sustainable is the initiative in the long run” or “how self-sufficient are the youth entrepreneurs” made me rethink about certain issues of the project that still need to be taken care. For example, it is critical that Vivamos el Bosque initiative works well with me or without me and to attain that point there is still much to be done.
My hope is that my presentation inspired them a little and more youth take action to protect the environment with Vivamos el Bosque or with any other initiative they are interested in.

Thank you very much to Prof. Alvaro Barragán for giving me the chance to present the project to his class, for his friendship and ongoing support!


This post it is not about a workshop for our youth entrepreneurs but the evaluation I conducted about Vivamos el Bosque. Been accountable is for me very important… I am constantly asking myself if the program I designed is really benefitting the youth from “El Maltón” community or if the beneficiaries are supporting the activities…
Evaluacion Vivamos el BosqueThe better way to know about their perspective is asking for their feedback and listening carefully for their recommendations. Evaluacion vbTo be successful, Vivamos el Bosque must be genuine in its work with beneficiaries and the community, clear in its financial dealings and open about what the money is spent on, and veritable in its reporting. After a long talk with our young entrepreneurs, I am really happy that Vivamos el Bosque is fulfilling most of their expectations and that they are feeling encouraged to become social entrepreneurs. They asked for information about the legal requirements to start a company in Ecuador and the step by step to obtain the sanitary permission. These topics will be covered in the coming workshops.
Finally, Vivamos el Bosque wants to also be accountable to itself, to its mission, friends and volunteers. Please feel free to ask for any information you may need. It is important for us!