The Tsáchila community of Santo Domingo Province, has learned the hard way about what it is to lose some of their culture and customs to deforestation. A year ago they started a tree planting initiative to regain the nature they have lost in the last decades. The Tsáchilas or “Colorados” (meaning reddened, or red-colored) are replanting the areas of the Chigüilpe Forest that was cleared for plantain, cacao, and livestock production over 50 years ago. The Government of the Tsáchila Nationality have data showing more than fifty percent (30 hectares) of the Chigüilpe forest has been cut down for commercial…
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