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CAMINO VERDE INC

  • Concord, MA
  • http://www.caminoverde.org/

Mission Statement

Camino Verde is a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to:

Protecting and understanding biodiversity in the Peruvian Amazon.
Protecting indigenous rights, autonomy, and wisdom.
Spreading sustainable ways of life and encouraging fair, sustainable development.

Our mission is to plant trees and encourage others to do the same.

Main Programs

  1. Living Seed Bank

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service areas

International

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ruling year

2008

chief executive

Robin Van Loon

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Keywords

Amazon, reforestation, agroforestry, seed bank, indigenous traditions

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EIN

20-8563386

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Forest Conservation (C36)

International Economic Development (Q32)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Impact statement

Camino Verde's work is focused in the Tambopata river basin in Madre de
Dios, Peru. The nearby Tambopata Reserve is an important protected area
that has been recognized as a biodiversity Hot Spot and is considered
by some to be the most biodiverse place on Earth. Sadly, the region's
forests and rivers face increasing pressures from migratory
agriculture, irresponsible lumber extraction and reckless gold mining.
 
Camino Verde works to preserve the region's biodiversity by planting important and endangered tree species and working with local farmers to promote agroforestry and reforestation as sustainable alternatives to slash-and-burn for monoculture of annual grains.

Programs

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Program 1

Living Seed Bank

The Living Seed Bank is a multi-faceted ongoing program for the
preservation of the biodiversity of Madre de Dios.  The program is
based at our center in Baltimori, on the Tambopata River in the buffer
zone of the Tambopata National Reserve.   The primary focus of the Seed
Bank is on trees:
1. We identify and propagate the greatest possible variety of
economically important tree species (for timber, medicines, fruits,
nuts, building materials, etc.), with 150 species planted to date. 
Some of these trees are familiar while others have never been
domesticated. 

2. We work toward the preservation of the genetic diversity within
key species of endangered and over-exploited trees (primarily timber
species) through the Camino Verde Heritage Tree Species.  Each Heritage
Species consists of over 50 individual trees (and in some cases 200 or
more), to create a diverse and healthy genetic stock from which to draw
seed for future reforestation.  As wild populations of many of these
species erode due to irresponsible harvesting, the Living Seed Bank
ensures healthy genetic resources for each of these trees. 

3. As many of the trees we plant have never been planted in a
cultivated setting, we carry out ongoing evaluation of growth rates and
productivity, with the aim of identifying species that could become
commercially important as alternative crops for small farmers.

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Budget

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

service areas

International

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Funding Needs

Camino Verde is seeking to purchase additional lands for conservation of Amazon forests and reforestation of endangered tree species.  Our funding goal is $25,000 for this purpose in 2010.

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CAMINO VERDE INC

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Robin Van Loon

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BOARD CHAIR

Robin Van Loon

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