A n n u a l Re po rt 2012 â€“2013
Doña María Tomás Lorenzo, recipient of a fuel-efficient wood stove, stands with her grandchildren in front of their home in the Chía community of Barillas, Guatemala. Doña Lorenzo worked with other recipients to build several stoves for community members, and also to plant trees to combat deforestation. The new stove will significantly decrease the amount of fuelwood the famliy will consume moving forward; thus decreasing the pressure on nearby forests.
Photo by Dan Grossman
In 2013 EcoLogic turned 20!
s we enter our third decade, EcoLogic continues to touch the lives of some of the most vulnerable people as we collaborate with local communities and organizations in Central America and Mexico to protect standing forests, flowing rivers, vibrant coastal zones, and other threatened ecosystems.
EcoLogic believes that the people who live near or in a threatened ecosystem are those who are best positioned to repair and protect that system for the long term. We are committed to developing collaborative relationships with our community partners, relationships that are built upon regular communication and consultation. Our brand of community-led conservation and sustainable development takes patience and time, but we have demonstrated that working directly at the grassroots level initiates change processes that address the root causes of many conservation challenges facing Mexico and Central America. We are extremely proud of the recognition EcoLogic’s approach has earned. This includes recently being designated a “Next Century Innovator” by The Rockefeller Foundation, which Barbara Vallarino, Executive Director honors organizations and individuals that establish innovative ways to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable people. Out of nearly a thousand nominated, we were one of only a hundred selected. We were also recently chosen as one of ten finalists for the “Solution Search: Adapting to a Changing Climate” contest, sponsored by Rare and The Nature Conservancy. The challenges facing the people and places where we work have never been more pressing: protecting and restoring forests, maintaining healthy watersheds, ensuring food security, and protecting endangered species, while contending with the uncertainties brought on by a changing climate and diminishing natural resources. These are long-term challenges requiring enduring solutions built upon local leadership and solid partnerships. In these pages you will learn about some of the solutions and partnerships EcoLogic has helped to establish and strengthen in 2012 and the local leaders who champion them. You will also find information about how in 2013 we are expanding some of our successful activities, such as the installation of fuel-efficient stoves and the creation of agroforestry plots, a conservation technique in which food crops are planted with beneficial trees. EcoLogic is a conservation organization that has inspired many to take action and join in our cause. To our many supporters we thank you, for you make our work possible. To those of you new to EcoLogic, I hope you, too, will feel inspired, and I invite you to join us in collaboration and support of our crucially important work. To EcoLogic’s skilled staff, partners, volunteers, advisors, and board members, your commitment and diligence ensure that EcoLogic continues to make a difference. A heartfelt thank you to you all.
Barbara Vallarino Executive Director Barbara Vallarino talks with a news reporter in June 2012 about EcoLogic’s agreement with the Municipality of Olanchito and our partner, AJAASSPIB, to expand our Communities Organizing for Watersheds project to help protect and restore the Uchapa and Pimienta watershed.
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Progress Towards a Sustainable Future
limate change. Habitat restoration. Clean, reliable freshwater. Food security. The protection of endangered species. These are long-term challenges that require ongoing solutions. It is not enough to build a fuel-efficient stove and say the work is done. Or to plant one tree and hope that others will grow. Nor is it sufficient to provide a community with a waste management plan without helping them make it happen, or to legally protect a mangrove and expect it to be there ten years from now. This is why EcoLogic thinks in terms of progress, and acts to make it so. Progress is “steady improvement,” a continuous process of many small steps taken that allow for effective and long-term positive change. And we know that the accumulation of many small steps is what leads to landscape-level change. Over 20 years, EcoLogic has made meaningful change in the lives of thousands of people in Central America and Mexico. For almost ten years now, Many of these people are now Don Augustin Par Velazquez has leading efforts both large and been managing the greenhouses at our Forest of the Water small to protect and restore the Spirit project site. natural systems around them. For example, several years ago we began what we now call our agroforestry program, teaching farmers how to plant crops with trees. An early adopter of this practice, Don Genaro of Ixcán, Guatemala, collaborated with us to establish one of the first agroforestry plots in his community. Now EcoLogic works regularly with Don Genaro to demonstrate the benefits of agroforestry to his friends and neighbors and, in turn, inspire them to establish plots of their own. As another example, what began as a group of four villages in northern Honduras collaborating with EcoLogic to establish sustainable water management practices has now turned into an internationally recognized organization—the Association of Water Committees of the Southern Sector of Pico Bonito National Park (AJAASSPIB)—of almost 30 communities. The people of AJAASSPIB successfully manage and protect local water sources, providing a working model of how communities can motivate their citizens and effect long-term positive change. Yaira Allois has been EcoLogic’s program officer in Panama since 2009.
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Forest guardians in Honduras learn how to fight and prevent forest fires.
Below are some of the results EcoLogic has achieved since we started out. We look forward to sharing more with you in the future as we move to a landscape-level approach.
A Few of Our Numbers In our first 20 years, EcoLogic worked with 627 partner communities. Together, we ran 1,260 workshops with approximately 18,900 participants. In the area of forest and mangrove protection and restoration, we: • Produced 2,580,770 plants in nurseries and greenhouses. • Planted 1,577,500 trees for reforestation and watershed rehabilitation. • Built 2,500 fuel-efficient stoves. • Trained 850 community members as forest guardians.
EcoLogic: Communities Organizing for Watersheds
• Trained 300 farmers who currently use 300 agroforestry parcels on more than 140 hectares of land. With support from the Swiss Re International ReSource Award for Sustainable Watershed Management, and Intercultural Productions, we created this five-minute documentary about the history of our work in northern Honduras with our local partner, the Association of Water Committees of the Southern Sector of Pico Bonito National Park (AJAASSPIB). Please watch it at: www.ecologic.org/cowp-video.
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Select Highlights from Our Work in 2012 Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) Workshops EcoLogic conducted several FPIC workshops with the Chol, Lacandón, and Tzeltal Mayan communities that live in and around the 35,000 hectare communal reserve of the Lacandón Rainforest in Chiapas, Mexico. These workshops are part of our CarbonPlus for Community-Led Rainforest Management project and were attended by more than 340 people. They are a critical component to ensure the local communities are engaged and informed participants in the development and implementation of this carbon credit project.
Soccer Tournament to Promote Cross-Cultural Collaboration In 2012, EcoLogic sponsored a soccer tournament to promote cooperation and collaboration among Belizeans and Guatemalans living on either side of the Sarstun River, a vitally important resource to these fishing communities. A half-dozen communities competed and matches also provided the opportunity for meetings of community leaders and for learning exchanges.
EcoLogic Partner AJAASSPIB Honored by United Nations Equator Prize One of our jobs as collaborators is to promote our local partners in ways that help them gain needed support. In 2012 we nominated the Association of Water Committees of the Southern Sector of Pico Bonito National Park (AJAASSPIB) for the UN Equator Prize, awarded to “recognize and advance local sustainable development solutions for people, nature, and resilient communities.” Selected from more than 800 candidates, AJAASSPIB was one of 25 organizations to receive the award and participate in a week of activities at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil.
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Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) workshops help ensure that local indigenous peoples are well informed, empowered to make the decisions on if and how a project develops, and obtain direct benefit from it.
Planting Crops with Trees: Agroforestry Work Expands Using the agroforestry technique of alley cropping, farmers plant food crops with beneficial trees (usually Inga edulis), increasing yields, protecting soil and water, and reducing pressure on standing forest. In 2012, EcoLogic conducted an extensive survey of our agroforestry plots in Guatemala, updating our monitoring and evaluation protocols and developing an approach to expand on the agroforestry plots we have helped farmers establish in the region. Thanks to the success modeled by these farmers who have been piloting the approach on their own land, we are responding to increasing demand by expanding trainings, establishing new local sources of inga seeds, and evaluating and incorporating cash crops such as cardamom into our program.
Securing Incentives to Keep Forests Standing
ArtCorps Fellow Isabel Carrió spearheaded the creation of “Wisdom of the Rocky Hillsides,” an artbook of stories and pictures created by the K’iche children of Totonicapán, Guatemala, at our Forest of the Water Spirit project site. Many of the stories were solicited from their grandparents and highlight the importance of traditional forest resource management and the interconnection between the Maya K’iche’s livelihood and the environment. EcoLogic and ArtCorps supported the publication of the book in Spanish, K’iche and English.
In 2012 we worked directly with farmers to provide technical assistance to help them take advantage of the Program for Forestry Incentives (PINPEP), an incentive offered by the Guatemalan government for reforestation activities, sustainable agriculture (agroforestry), and protection of existing forest. These activities will generate approximately $140,000 in benefits to 174 families over time. This benefit is equivalent to nearly two months of the per capita average salary in Guatemala.
Improving Sanitation At our Towns for Environmental Corridors and Communities project, at the initiative of our partner organization, the Municipalities of the Central Atlantida Department (MAMUCA), we installed greywater drainage pits adjacent to people’s homes to reduce contamination of water sources by household waste water flowing directly over the land and into streams. We constructed 95 greywater and sewage-water drainage pits.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Working with local volunteers at our People for a Healthy Gulf project site in Darién, Panama, EcoLogic has held workshops giving practical training in composting organic material, managing solid waste and trash, dealing with sewage and providing good sanitation. These workshops are one step in putting into practice effective waste management solutions that include other activities such as the construction of composting latrines, and the creation of an organized, community-based waste commission.
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EcoLogic Makes a Difference in Rural People’s Lives Every Day
his is my tenth year of volunteering with EcoLogic because I believe in our mission: “To empower rural people to restore and protect tropical ecosystems.” EcoLogic’s focus on rural people—who are all too often marginalized—acknowledges that individuals can make a difference. By partnering with local communities and organizations, EcoLogic provides training, capacity building, and resources so people can better organize and advocate on behalf of the ecosystems where they live. I couldn’t be more excited about the substantive impact we are having in empowering local people to become stewards of their own natural resources.
By partnering with local communities and organizations, EcoLogic provides training, capacity building, and resources so people can better organize and advocate on behalf of the ecosystems where they live.
EcoLogic makes positive change happen.
Nick Shufro, Chair, Board of Directors
Through learning exchanges, the support of fisherfolk collectives, the construction of fuel-efficient stoves and composting latrines and even through friendly soccer competitions we are helping promote conservation and collaboration among Belizeans and Guatemalans on either side of the Sarstun River as part of our Healthy Fisheries project. In Honduras EcoLogic provides technical assistance and support to community-run water councils that are successfully spreading the word that the restora- tion and management of natural resources is something everyone needs to share in and can benefit from. And everywhere we place a premium on partnerships, mutual learning, and cooperation it shows.
For the work of EcoLogic staff, supporters, and board members I am thankful and humbled. I am deeply grateful for the difference we make in the lives of local people and in support of the ecosystems and natural resources on which people and wildlife rely. I have tremendous confidence in our leadership team—headed by Executive Director Barbara Vallarino—and in our headquarters and regional staff. The board has high expectations for the sustained and growing impact of our organization. EcoLogic depends on its many supporters. EcoLogic would not be an effective and influential conservation organization without the support of individuals and institutions that believe in the integral importance of our mission, vision, and approach. Whether it is our agroforestry work in Guatemala, waste management in Panama, reforestation efforts in Honduras, or carbon credit development in Mexico, we could not do it without our friends and partners. Be assured that your generosity makes a real difference.
Nick Shufro Chair, Board of Directors
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RevenuE In 2012 EcoLogic realized a slight increase in revenue from 2011. Revenue from In-Kind, Public Agency, and Individuals increased, while revenue from Foundation Grants decreased.
Summarized Statement of Activities for 2012 Fiscal Year (US$) S u p p o r t & R e v e n u e
Public Agency Income 7% In-Kind Donations 7%
Investment & Other Income 2%
Grants and Contributions 1,447,727 Individual In-Kind Donations 110,314 Donations Contract Income 123,036 31% Interest Income 149 Rental Income 14,150 Loss on investment in subsidiary (7,722) Total Support & Revenue 1,687,654
Foundation Grants 53%
E x p e n s e s Program Services 1,322,107 Expenses Management & General 155,227 Expenses in 2012 were less than in 2011. While expenses decreased, the Fundraising 327,539 percentage of spending on programs increased slightly and the percentage Total Expenses 1,804,873 of our spending on fundraising decreased slightly. We expect to see this trend continue as we use fewer resources to leverage higher levels of Change In Net Assets (117,219) funding for our work on the ground. Net Assets – Beginning Of Year 848,673 Net Assets – End Of Year 731,454
Statement of Financial Position at End of 2012 Fiscal Year (US$)
Management & General 9%
A SSETS Program Services 73%
Current Assets Cash and Short-Term Investments 260,678 Pledges and Accounts Receivable 328,857 Advances 457 Loan Receivable 15,698 Prepaid Expenses 17,436 Total Current Assets 623,126 Other Assets Deposit 6,033 Investment in Subsidiaries 46,021 Pledges Receivable, Long-Term 61,250 Total Other Assets 113,304 Fixed Assets Property & Equipment Less Depreciation 28,963 Total Assets 765,393
Pedro Díaz, president and manager of the Northern Border Municipalities Alliance, our local partner at our Indigenous Peoples for Thriving Ecosystems project in northern Guatemala.
L I A B I L I TES & NET A SSETS
Current Liabilities Accrued Expenses 33,939 Total Current Liabilities 33,939 Net Assets Unrestricted 502,954 Temporarily Restricted 228,500 Total Net Assets 731,454 Total Liabilities & Net Assets 765,393
Annual audits are conducted by Gonzalez & Associates, P.C. For a complete audited statement, please contact EcoLogic.
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October 2013 Barbara Vallarino Executive Director Margaret Doherty-López Senior Program Officer for Institutional Development Bryan Foster Senior Manager CarbonPlus Program Melissa Haley Director of Finance and Administration David Kramer Senior Manager for Impact, Learning, and Innovation Laura Powell Operations Associate Gina Rindfleisch Program Officer for Individual Giving Andrea Savage CarbonPlus Program Manager Sam Schofield Program Officer for Institutional Development Lee Shane Communications Officer
William Russell Grace Bryers, Jr. EcoLogic Chairman Emeritus Private Investor David Barton Bray Professor, Florida International University Fernando Bolaños Valle Chairman and CEO, AgroAmerica Orlando J. Cabrera Of Counsel, Squire Sanders (US) Judi Taylor Cantor President, jtcantor.com Gregory Ch’oc Executive Director, Sarstoon-Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM) Robin Chazdon Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut Norissa Giangola Principal, Coqui Marketing Pat Goudvis Independent Filmmaker Marc Hiller Managing Director, Acquisitions, GreenWood Resources and International Forestry Investment Advisors Lauren L. McGregor Attorney-at-law Lance Pierce Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Ceres
Regional Staff October 2013
Marc Spranca Vice President, Reputational Capital and Technical Leadership, Abt Associates
Gabriela González García Director of Programs
Dan Tunstall Retired
Marco Acevedo Program Officer for Mexico
Manuela Alvarado López Nilo Cayuqueo Alberto Chinchilla Dr. Jason Clay James Crowfoot, PhD Neva Goodwin, PhD Lewis Gordon José Herrero Dr. Leonard P. Hirsch Enrique Leff, PhD Joshua Mailman Frances Moore Lappé Ian Todreas
Interns and Volunteers
October 2012–October 2013 Benjamin Aron Madeline Barr Oliver Bengle Warren Berry Neil Borland Kristin Brown Amanda Dibble Margaret Doherty-López Michael Espinoza Casey Fish Corey Fitzgerald Katherine Friedman Mary Hathaway Brooke Howat Kay Kopper Christine Landivar Caitlin Lupton Eleni Marinidou Julia McElhinney Quin McKinley Brendan Mooney Staci Morrison Antjelina Newman Jennifer Pastore Sebastian Pillitteri Cameron Poole
Shira Rascoe Katherine Rogers Mahala Sacra Matthew Sarsycki Brad Smith Nell Thorne Irene Uribe Shanay Walker Ellie Wendell
In 2012, 608 donations under $1,000 combined to provide $46,493 in support to our programs. We are grateful to these loyal donors who continue to sustain our work. EcoLogic extends its sincerest thanks to the following individuals and organizations who contributed $1,000 or more in 2012. Individuals & Institutions Anonymous (2) Arntz Family Foundation Atkinson Foundation Bay and Paul Foundations Eric Burkard Clif Bar Family Foundation Commission for Environmental Cooperation Conservation, Food and Health Foundation David Crocker Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee Company Jim Epstein Baruch B. Fischhoff Fondo para la Conservación de los Bosques Tropicales Bob Gerber Patricia Goudvis Grousbeck Family Foundation International Foundation Jim and Patty Rouse Charitable Trust Connie Kapp
Yaria Allois Pino Program Officer for Panama Wendy de Leon Accounting and Administrative Assistant Carlos Euraque Program Officer for Honduras Miguel Valdéz Financial Administrative Officer
Board of Directors October 2013
Nicholas Shufro EcoLogic Chair PricewaterhouseCoopers Kathrin Winkler EcoLogic Vice-Chair EMC Corporation F. William Green, MD EcoLogic Secretary Retired Joyce Cacho EcoLogic Treasurer Adinura Advisory
A volunteer team of students from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University created maps that illustrate a variety of issues, actualities, and trends, including tree cover and vegetation density, flood plains, temperature and climate change predictions, pollution and development, biodiversity hotspots, and fisheries activity for our Cross-Border Alliance for Healthy Fisheries project site in the Sarstun region of Guatemala and Belize. The team visited the site in early 2013 to present their findings to community members, as well as to EcoLogic Board Member Greg Ch’oc, founder and executive director of SATIIM.
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Kendeda Fund Joe Levine Petra Miller New England Biolabs Foundation New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Norcross Wildlife Foundation O’Keefe Family Foundation Osprey Foundation Fernando Paiz Suzanne Powell Putnam Foundation Rainforest2Reef John Shane The Community Foundation Serving Boulder Colorado Towards Sustainability Foundation Fernando Bolaños Valle Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation Marc Weiss Mark Zimmerman Ambassadors Donations provided to EcoLogic’s Ambassador Campaign are used for general operating support. The investment that Ambassadors make allows EcoLogic to build its capacity, which has a direct and positive impact on our programs in Central America and Mexico. ($5,000+) Bill and Linda Green ($2,500–$4,999) Diane DeBono Schafer ($1,000–$2,499) Claire Barker Dan Tunstall David B. Bray David Schafer and Diane DeBono Schafer Judi Cantor Kathrin Winkler Lauren McGregor Lisa Leff Martha Taub Nicholas A. Shufro Ray Grenier Susanna Badgley Place In-Kind Contributions AlphaGraphics Worcester Kay Kopper Casa Viva Troncones Faxon Green Elegant Floral & Event Design Grafton Street Grille Indigenous Designs Insource Services, Inc. Joe Levine Nicholas A. Shufro Pyara Spa and Salon Red Sox Foundation Taza Chocolate Corporate Sponsors Cell Signaling Technology Eastern Bank Trillium Asset Management Pro Bono Legal Services Goulston & Storrs Counselors at Law
Jungle Rewild! EcoLogic created its very own educational game to teach kids ages seven and up—and adults!— about reforestation. Jungle Rewild! tells the story of the Caal family who live in the town of Agua Dulce. The people of Agua Dulce used to survive in happy coexistence with the lush jungle, river and wildlife around them, but in recent history many of the trees were cut down, and now the animals have gone and the river has run dry. The Caal family are reforesting an area near their home and they have asked for your help. As you plant trees the jungle begins to regenerate and animals including birds, frogs and coatimundis start to return. Play until the end to learn about some of the wildlife of Central America and what can happen when habitat is restored. Jungle Rewild! was created by an incredible team largely made up of volunteers. Communications Officer Lee Shane came up with the idea and did the writing, Vicky Wei Gao and Meagan O’Brien developed the “proof of concept” prototype, Cameron Poole created the story illustrations, Catherine Aiello the animal woodblock prints, and Casey Fish the background designs, and Amanda Dibble dedicated herself to doing all the programming. At EcoLogic volunteers make a big difference. Thank you!
But the that all changed. More people came to the area and manny did not respect the way of life in the town of Agua Dulce. They cut down too many trees in the jungle. Without trees and plants the hot sun dried up the river. Without the water many of the birds and animals disappeared. And without the trees, water, birds, and animals, life for the people of Agua Dulce became much more difficult.
The Caals and their neighbors want to change that. Right next to their home is an area that used to be junble. The Caals and their neighbors are going to plant young trees there again to help the jungle return to health.
But it takes a lot of work to plant trees! Please help us and see what happens as the trees start coming back.
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EcoLogic’s New Website EcoLogic has launched a new website, and with it all new content, photos, graphics and more! After much exploration, we adopted a design and imagery approach that uses brighter colors and graphics inspired by the places where we work. We aimed to create a warm and inviting feel, and incorporated many playful touches (check out the lizards, butterflies and other small creatures, and see how the donate button moves!). We also added more substantive information specific to the region and the places where we work. There is a biodiversity catalog so that you can find out about some of the endangered species native to our project sites. And there are profiles of our local and international partners, as well as cultural and historical summaries of some of the groups of indigenous peoples with whom we collaborate. This project was led by EcoLogic’s Communications Officer Lee Shane with help from Operations Associate Laura Powell, and supported by an invaluable cadre of talented volunteers and interns whose industriousness and enthusiasm made much of what you see possible. We hope you find it provides the information you are looking for, and will encourage you to join our team as a donor, partner, volunteer, Facebook friend, and fan. Please let us know what you think. We welcome your feedback!
Annual Report Credits
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Creative Director & Writer Lee Shane Designer David Gerratt/NonprofitDesign.com
Illustrations Catherine Aiello, Casey Fish, Cameron Poole
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Photography Lee Shane, Andrea Savage, Dan Grossman, EcoLogic staff