Our interdisciplinary programs focus on creativity, determination and self confidence to achieve our personal and community dreams. Social interaction and research are conducted in partnership with local and global communities of responsible scientists. We bring together many specialties and expertise in Archaeology, Environmental Health Sciences, Ethno Sciences, Biodiversity, Sociology, Horticulture, Permaculture, etc.
Plotting is a methodology of marking pieces of land and marking the number of species present within that area. Permanent plots allow for the study of the dynamics, diversity and abundance of the species and their economic value. Plotting is usually done in the most diverse rich areas of the rainforests of the world.
With this in mind, the objectives of the plotting work within Iamoe are:
Identification of important tree species within the Iamoe farm.
Uses of the tree species by the Quichua and Huaorani groups.
Development of training workshops for neighbors and local people to identify and protect important species.
Number of registered individuals and taxa
583 trees (569 trees and 14 lianas) greater than 10 cm of DBH were registered and marked, corresponding to 257 species, in 115 genera and 50 families. These data show that the study site is one of the most diverse on the planet. The diversity of species is very similar to that recorded in similar plots of the Jatun Sacha Biological Station (Palacios and Jaramillo, 2001) and Añangu (Valencia et al, 1998) and north-western Ecuador (Palacios et al., 1997).
The study confirms that the forests of the IAMOE center, at the buffer zone of the Yasuní National Park area, with 257 morpho-species, are the richest in plant species in the world.
Around the cabins, an ever growing garden of 100 useful plants is maintained and protected. Each has a variety of used both as food and medicine, as well a technological. All the species collected are the result of constant work with different men and women who visit the centre and donate, sell and exchange useful flora. The plants are classified into several categories of uses and a basic list is handled with the local names in different languages, uses, and forms of preparation.
Several Amazonian plant species are at risk for various reasons, we are working to rescue some of them in different ways.
When a tree is knocked down, thousands of species die alongside the tree. Orchids are part of this heartbreaking drama. This space has been created based on the idea of rescuing the orchids that fall when the host trees are cut. This work is still carried out with the local people and volunteer friends, who believe in the value of the rescue of species that must live.
There are several species that have become part of the Iamoe family.
One of the species at risk is Ishpingo, Ocotea quixos
250 small trees have been planted in deforested areas around Iamoe to date, only 22 of the total have died. We have 228 baby trees, they are two and three years old. The trees have been planted in different spaces with different environmental variables, in order to learn and understand their requirements for their right development.
Amazonian cocoa Theobroma cacao
In 2012, six years ago, 400 saplings of the so-called Amazon cacao were planted. The idea was to reintroduce to the zone the cocoa that is typical of this region and therefore redevelop a different variety than the one from Mesoamerica. There are 375 small trees that have survived and are in production. Each year they produced an average of 120 pounds of rich seeds.
The garden maintains 10 master plants with their respective varieties.
Chilli pepper (Capsicum spp.)
A collection of different varieties of ajί (Chillies) is maintained, all of which come from the groups that perform ceremonies with this species. This is the result of the research, acquisition and purchase of these varieties in the various local and country fairs.
Yuca (Manihot sculenta) presents five varieties
Palms of the region, etc. 3 different species ungurahua (Oenocarpus bataua), morete (Mauritia flexuosa), chambira (Astrocaryum chambira) that are planted.
This space is dedicated to the collection of master plant species. Plants that are used by different healers, who live in the region for ‘curanderismo’ practices, health ceremonies and mystic activities.
The variety of species have been collected thanks to the donation, purchase or exchange between the different neighbors and people interested in learning and saving the knowledge of shamanism and healing.
As an example, we keep Banisteriopsis caapi or Ayahuasca, with the different local names, uses and forms of preparation and combinations.
IAMOE Center is open to volunteers interested in participating in our programs . And people wishing to help and work within our centre.
SUPPORT TO LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Training and manufacture of basketry as well as sale of handicrafts. Training in English and IT for children during summer holidays