2013 was another good year of expansion and discoveries, made possible by our donors and partners. EcoMinga would like to thank our main partner, the World Land Trust, their wonderful staff, and their donors, especially Puro/Miko Coffee, Naturetrek, Accionatura, Reckitt Benckiserk, and Noel McWilliam, for making 2013 a success. Best wishes to World Land Trust’s former Latin American coordinator, Ruth Canning, who has moved on to other things. You’ll be missed! We look forward to working with Charlotte Beckham, the new coordinator.
We thank our partners in the US, the Orchid Conservation Alliance and the Rainforest Trust, for their help over the year. We also owe our success to several key individual donors and supporters; without their help we would not have made it. A sincere thank-you to Anne Chao, Henri Botter and Ardy van Ooij, Peter Kratochvil, Malli and Vera Lee Rao, Howard Teich, the students of the School for International Training, Ecology and Conservation Ecuador, Peter Tobias, Heinz Schneider, Inayat Olmedo, Pauline Brault, Judith Rapacz, Judy Stevenson, Mary Gerritsen, Mario Yanez, Mary Jo Gilsdorf, Mark Wilson, Xavier Silva, David Neill, the Museo Ecuatoriano de Ciencias Naturales, Nigel Simpson, John Moore, and many others who have helped either financially or in other ways at critical moments. Thanks also to the Ministerio del Ambiente of Ecuador for their technical assistance.
We look forward to working with our newest partners, the University of Basel and the Asociacion de Orquideologia de Quito, to set up a new reserve in northwest Ecuador. Finally, I personally want to thank our extraordinary staff: Javier Robayo, Juan Pablo Reyes, our forest caretakers Luis Recalde, Jesus Recalde, Fausto Recalde, and Santiago Recalde, and our accountant Matilde Alban.
We are certain 2014 will be an exciting year!