¡Salvemos al Río Jondachi!
The Jondachi, one of the last remaining free-flowing tributaries to the Amazon and Ecuador’s premier kayaking destination, is threatened by imminent hydroelectric development.
The Jondachi was slated to be dammed in January 2015. The Ecuadorian Rivers Institute’s 501(c)(3) legal defense of the Jondachi and the exposure generated by the first Jondachi Fest have effectively stalled out dam development…for the time being.
We need global support to continue fighting for this legendary and iconic river. If we can secure protected river designation for the Jondachi, a door will be opened for future conservation of threatened rivers within the Amazon Basin.
The ERI’s defense of the Jondachi River represents a pioneering strategy for international river conservation, engaging local stakeholders and promoting a clear alternative for resource management by preserving the Jondachi as a wild and scenic, free-flowing ecological corridor between the Andes and the Amazon.
Your donation will bolster implementation of the three complementary initiatives of our defense of the Jondachi River:
- LEGAL DEFENSE: protecting the legal rights of the river. We will appeal the landmark water rights ruling in Ecuadorian court. To learn more about the legal defense of the Jondachi, please click here.
- EDUCATION + OUTREACH: Jondachi Fest, an innovative model for watershed conservation. Jondachi Fest brings local and international attention to the imperiled Jondachi River, celebrates local investment in the watershed, and demonstrates the economic value of recreation and ecotourism.
- CONSERVATION: groundbreaking pursuit of international WILD + SCENIC river designation. We will continue to advocate for the precedent-setting designation of the Jondachi-Hollin-Misahualli-Napo Ecological Corridor.
15-17 JANUARY 2016 TENA, NAPO, ECUADOR
From the Andes to the Amazon: preserving Ecuador’s water resources
By increasing global awareness of watershed issues in Ecuador, we hope to minimize the exploitation of the environment and the people who depend upon it.
Learn more about our efforts and the Jondachi River below: