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Reports from the Bioregional Education Classes of the
Eco-Ecuador Project


Ramon Cedeno Loor replaced Valentina Caminati, who returned to Italy, as  Bioregional Education Manager in late 2006 and completed the 2006 Introductory classes in early 2007.  Ramon lives in the Maria Auxiliadora neighborhood of Bahia and is a teacher. He had been volunteering with Planet Drum's Bioregional Education Classes for several months before becoming the manager.   In May of 2007 Ramon began a new series of Introductory classes, and in October he initiated an Advanced class.  (The school year in Ecuador runs from May/June until September, and then again from October until January. From late January to late May there are no classes.)

Index to 2007 Reports

Ramon's Weekly Report #9

Bioregionalism Education
Summer Session 2007

June 25th & 27th

The theme for Wednesday’s class was Mangroves. First I asked them how much they knew about Mangrove trees and how many types they could name. Everyone had a basic understanding of Mangrove trees at the beginning of class. During the class, I explained to them the importance of these trees in the estuary and watershed of Bahia. I talked about how Mangroves filter water and the large variety of birds, bats, snakes and aquatic animals that live in them. I also explained the differences between the different types of Mangroves: Red, White, Black, and Concha.

On Friday we took a fieldtrip to Isla Corazon, where we saw lots of Frigata birds, which were showing off their red pouches since it is mating season. We hiked through the Mangroves to try to identify all of the different types that we talked about in Wednesday's class. 




We didn't get to find all of the types because it was so muddy that in parts we had to crawl through the mud just to move around. 





All the students had a great time and returned home really tired after such a long day. In the morning they had helped Planet Drum water some sites in Bahia and then they spent all afternoon in the mud of the Mangroves.




Translated by Clay.



Ramon's Weekly Report #10

Bioregionalism Education
Summer Session 2007

August 15th & 17th

Bioregionalism resumed classes after vacations from regular school were ended. The theme for the week was aquatic ecosystems. We began by differentiating between continental and marine ecosystems. The students divided into two groups to go over the materials I passed out. They discussed these materials and then made presentations to each other on what they had learned. The first group presented on marine waters. They explained how a third of the Earth is covered in water and the large diversity of species that live in the oceans. One of the students, Raisa, also talked about how one of the current problems in Ecuador is a new Presidential decree that allows for the hunting of sharks. The other group presented on the continental waters: rivers streams, lakes and lagoons. They distinguished between moving waters like rivers and bodies of water such as lakes, and how water in motion has a higher quantity of oxygen. After both groups presented on what they had studied, they selected photos from all of the classes to use for a display in an upcoming open house.

Friday afternoon we were only able to meet for a shortened class because the students were preparing for a school performance that evening. But we talked briefly about the relation between humans and the ecosystems studied in Wednesday’s class. We are completely dependent on the world’s aquatic ecosystems and they might be destroyed if there aren’t stronger environment protection laws.

Translated by Clay Plager-Unger



Excerpts from Field Report #32

Clay Plager-Unger
Field Projects Manager
Planet Drum Foundation
Report: September 17-21, 2007  

Thursday morning Peter and I gave a presentation to the Bioregionalism Education class in the Municipality Theater on the concept of bioregionalism, with a focus on the bioregion of Bahia de Caraquez.  




At the end of the presentation, all of the students, who had recently completed the 12 week course, were given certificates to congratulate them for all of the work that they did.