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Shrinking Ecosystem (03:30)


The lowland rainforests of Ecuador's Choco region are demolished for palm plantations; the demand for biodiesel and cooking oil has triggered deforestation. Some local families are responsible for destruction; they want roads construction to facilitate the logging industry.

Politics and Profits (03:20)

Agrarian reforms imposed in the 1960's required Ecuadorian families to clear half the jungle to obtain land titles; logging companies pushed the regulations. Nester Peredez works with Socio Escondido, helping locals conserve the rainforest; cacao is an alternative crop.

Sustainable Alternatives (07:24)

Raul Nieto bought land within the Choco forest in 1989 and continues conservation work; he established Chocolate to Save the Rainforest projects. Cacao is easy to cultivate and economically advantageous; families sign contracts agreeing to stop deforestation.

Credits: Chocolate in the Jungle (00:29)

Credits: Chocolate in the Jungle

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Chocolate in the Jungle

Part of the Series : Fighting Deforestation in Endangered Rainforests
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A small group of Ecuadorians, united under the name of Itapoa, are buying up remaining land in the Choco Rainforest. The Choco once covered the northern lowlands from the base of the Andes to the Pacific. Now only 5% remains, very little of which is protected. Logged and cut for banana production, the area is now being transformed into a sea of African palm oil plantations. However, some community members have developed sustainable ways to earn a living, including growing cacao on their land and selling the beans to French chocolate manufacturers, who pay four times more for organically grown products. In order to be included in the local cooperative and reap these financial benefits, co-op members must leave at least seventy percent of their natural vegetation intact or grow that equivalent back as secondary forestland.

Length: 16 minutes

Item#: FMK189209

ISBN: 978-1-64623-585-8

Copyright date: ©2016

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