Environment, Culture, and Conservation (ECCo) in 2012
2012 was a grand year for ECCo. We reached a rapid inventory milestone, conducting our 25th. Based on information from our inventories, governments in the Andes/Amazon have set aside or are considering for conservation a total of 23 million acres of Earth’s most diverse forests (1.2 times the total acreage of US national parks in the lower 48 states). This year alone four previously inventoried landscapes in Peru became officially protected. In 2012 we also reached a milestone with our avoided deforestation project in Cordillera Azul, taking the final step before being ready for the carbon market. (Early in 2013 our project was certified and is ready for sales.) And we have had increasing success with our quality-of-life programs in remote forest communities, with villagers now receiving funding from municipalities for priority projects.
Closer to home we also had a terrific year. Our Calumet Environmental Education Program celebrated its tenth anniversary and is reaching out to a younger audience. The map for a greener region has gotten more specific, and we have identified eager community partners. With the National Park Service we made strides in defining a national heritage corridor in the Calumet region. And we are expanding our reach south into the globally important black-oak sand savannas of Kankakee.
Perhaps most importantly, our committee of trustees and friends passed the 80% mark in the fundraising effort for ECCo, which when completed will ensure the continuation of the Museum’s conservation and cultural understanding work. We deeply thank all for your support.
Debra Moskovits Senior Vice President, ECCo
Richard Lariviere President, The Field Museum