Hello and welcome (back) to the blog! After getting BAHIALLA up and running last fall, I ended up taking a bit of a sudden and unexpected hiatus (a prolonged hibernation, if you will). But now we’re back and better than ever before. So without further ado, let’s get right into today’s topic!
For many years now I have been a fan of zero and low-waste gifts. Some of the gifts I have both given and received have included things like homemade detergents, hand-knitted socks and sweaters as well as different kinds of activities (movie nights, babysitting, spa days, etc.) Sometimes the best and most thoughtful gifts are ones that are simple enough to organise but things that for whatever reason we don’t ever treat ourselves to.
Last Christmas while I was once again in the market for sustainable gifts for my loved ones, I came across a Facebook post about ARBIO and more specifically their Amazon protection program, where you can adopt a hectare of Peruvian Amazon Rainforest, which is currently in serious danger of massive deforestation.
I was more than thrilled to find this program - it was exactly what I had been looking for! This gift ticked all the boxes: It was truly zero-waste, extremely easy to get and contributed to the sustainable protection and development of our ever so precious planet. ARBIO offers you the possibility to adopt one or more hectares of Amazon Rainforest located in Madre de Diós, Peru for just 50€/55USD per year. Once on the adoption page, you can freely choose the hectare(s) that you would like to adopt and protect.
The process is extremely simple. You just choose which hectare(s) you would like to protect, add your personal details, choose for how long you’d like to protect the area, add your payment information and voilà! As an added bonus and a sign (pun intended) of your commitment to protecting the extremely endangered Amazon Rainforest, you receive an electronic certificate by email that includes your name, your adopted hectare(s) and the period of time that your adoption lasts.
After that you’re good to go and you can tell everyone about the great things you are doing to help combat deforestation and protect the Amazon Rainforest! The entire process only takes about five minutes to complete (unless you’re picky like me and spend half an hour choosing your hectare) but offers the Peruvian rainforest an entire year of protection. Each hectare on the map is named after its adopter, so you can go back and admire your contribution at any time. You can even look around and see who else has contributed to the project. You could easily inspire your friends, colleagues, family members or sports club and adopt a hectare together.
ARBIO also offers the option of adopting the hectare(s) for someone else and giving it as a gift. In that case you just fill in the receiver’s information and e-mail address. If I remember correctly from Christmas time, you can even schedule the email with the certificate to be sent on a specific day! That’s perfect for planning your gift giving ahead of time. It really is as easy and gratifying as it sounds.
If you’re not interested in adopting a hectare, you can also make a single donation here. These donations help provide field supplies, purchase a new boat for the 6-hour ride to Arbio’s concession, renovation of equipment such as an UHF radio and many other bits and pieces that keep the organisation’s conservations efforts going.
Who is ARBIO?
ARBIO is a Peruvian non-profit that was founded in 2010 in Puerto Maldonado, Madre de Diós whose purpose is to implement forest conservation actions involving both the public and private sector. They manage 916 hectares of Amazon rainforest in the Río Las Piedras river watershed. What’s extra special is that the organisation is led by a group of kick-ass women.
I challenge every one of my readers to adopt a hectare of rainforest through ARBIO. You can do it by yourself, with friends/family, colleagues, neighbours or anyone else you fancy. And if you do, please do come back and let me know!
Photos courtesy of www.arbioperu.com. This is not a sponsored post, just an organisation I happened to come across and immediately want to support!