Reserva Etnobotánica Cumandá
Baeza, Napo, Ecuador
The LAE garden is involved with the development of a proposed Protected Ethnobotanical Reserve in the montane cloud forests of Amazonia, Ecuador, near the town of Baeza. This reserve will provide a linkage of critical habitats currently settled in the Quijos river basin, between existing national parks and ecological reserves, and will serve to educate visitors about the importance of ethnobotanical knowledge and the ecology of the region.
The local counterpart is FundRAE, a non governmental organization that coordinates efforts with EcoRAE, a governmental branch for the ecodevelopment of the Amazon region in Ecuador. In 1998, a group of UGA faculty and researchers visited the area and provided a preliminary assessment of the area and a blueprint for the concept of the ethnobotanical sister garden to be implemented in future phases.