“Hardcore” rafting on the Tena River in the Sumaco Biosphere

Photo by Matt Terry

ERI ambassador Christina Almeida is shocked to see excavating machines working overtime to cut and dredge the final remnants of a popular swimming beach on the Tena River. The excavated material will fill a section of an eroding flood protection wall that was built just six months ago, the product of a government initiative that lacked technical studies and formal designs. In the last year, the Tena River has been converted from a living tropical mountain stream to a silted, open-pit gravel mine channelized between sections of gabion walls.

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