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2008 Reports and Dispatches

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1. Dispatches from Peter Berg & Journal Entries from Judy Goldhaft

Peter visited Bahia in both March and October 2008. His Dispatches in March include Bahia's Eco-City Mandate 2008(English & Spanish) and a celebratory dinner with the landowners who worked with Planet Drum this year. Judy Goldhaft sent a series of Journal Entries describing her adventures in Bahia and as a Planet Drum revegetation volunteer. In August Peter investigated Ecuador's  new constitution and its innovations including its granting “Rights of Nature.” He also worked with the Bioregional Education classes and produced a document considering what Planet Drum's Bioregional Sustainability Institute might include.  

2. Reports from Project Manager, Clay Plager-Unger 

In January, 2007 Clay Plager-Unger took over as Field Project Manager. His enthusiasm and dedication to community development have added a significant dimension to our work in Bahia over the past year. He continues as Project Manager until at least December of 2008. During January Muralist Fred Alvarado worked with students to renovate a school mural. Clay included an inventory of species (in both English & Spanish) in his letter.

1) Dec.17,'07-Jan.25,'08 (Report #1 in 2 parts & 2 letters)
       2) Jan.14-25, 2008 (Reports #2-3 & Mural Report)
       3) Mar.31-Apr.15, 2008 (Report #3)
       4) Apr.16-25, 2008 (Report #4)
       5) Apr.28-May12, 2008 (Report #5)
       6) May12-23,2008 (Report #6)
       7) May 26-June 6, 2008 (Reports #7-8)
       8) June 23-July 6, 2008 (Report #9)
       9) July 7-August 1, 2008 (Reports #10-11)
      10) August 4-18, 2008 (Report #12)
      11) September1-12, 2008 (Report #13)
      12) September 15-26, 2008 (Report #14)
      13) October 20-November 7, 2008 (Report #15)
      14) November 10-21, 2008 (Report #16)
      15) November 2-December 5, 2008 (Report #17)
      16) December 8-26, 2008 (Report #18)

3. Reports from Bioregional Education Teacher, Ramon Cedeño Loor: 

Ramon Cedeño Loor has been developing  Bioregional Education after-school classes since 2006.  Ramon lives in the Maria Auxiliadora neighborhood of Bahia and teaches at a junior high school. He volunteered with Planet Drum's Bioregional Education Classes for several months before becoming Manager.   In 2007 Ramon began a revamped series of Introductory Classes, and in October he initiated an Advanced Class.  The 2008 Introductory Class began April 30 with a revised Bioregionalismo text book and several of the Advanced students as volunteer assistants. (The regular school year in Ecuador runs from May until September, and then again from October until January. There are usually no regular classes from late January to May.)

      Education Reports
      1 April 30-May 9, 2008 (Reports #1-2)
      2 May 14-23, 2008 (Reports #3-4)
      3 June 4-13, 2008 (Reports #5-6)
      4 June 18-27, 2008 (Reports #7-8)
      5 July 2-25, 2008 (Reports #9-12)

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) 
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.) 
2004 Reports
(Renée Portanova, Brian Teinert, Elise Braaten) 
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.