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Most Popular Questions
Yes, the Jama-Coaque Reserve is open to researchers and student groups looking to carry out independent research or educational activities. The Bamboo House research and education center offers complete amenities and facilities for those visiting the Reserve, including: 26 beds, 2 dry compost toilets, 2 showers, kitchen, classroom, electricity, and internet.
Those interested in carrying out independent research or educational activities in the Reserve can contact us to learn more about the facilities and associated fees. Contact us here: firstname.lastname@example.org (please also CC: email@example.com).
You can download a recording of the proper pronunciation here.
The letter “J” in Spanish is pronounced like an “H” in English—that’s the key. So “Jama” is pronounced like “Hama.”
“Coaque” is more straightforward. It’s pronounced like “Koh-Ah-Kay.”
Altogether: “Hama Ko-Ah-Kay”
Historically, cattle ranching is the leading cause of deforestation in coastal Ecuador, followed by slash-and-burn agriculture, mostly for corn cultivation. Monoculture plantations of palm oil trees and teak trees also play a significant role. Along the shoreline, mangrove forests have been cleared to make way for shrimp farms.
In general terms, the driver of deforestation in coastal Ecuador and throughout tropical Latin America is unsustainable agricultural expansion, which is primarily driven by the demand for meat and dairy. Cattle ranching, alone, causes 71% of deforestation in South America. In coastal Ecuador in particular, cattle are primarily raised to produce beef.
The actual planting of a tree doesn’t cost much—but that, on its own, doesn’t really solve the problem. In our estimation, the actual planting of a tree represents maybe 2% of the overall work required to raise a tree to maturity. So the real question is: how much does it cost to raise a tree to maturity?
Our Community Reforestation Program costs $3,025, over a five-year period, to plant and raise over 300 trees in one acre of land (750 trees per hectare). If we divide the overall cost by the total number of trees, it comes out to about $10 per tree. Our overall survival rates typically exceed 90%, which includes a policy of replacing all trees that don’t survive the first five years.
Every single month of the year is beautiful in the Jama-Coaque Reserve. Nevertheless, there are seasonal variations.
Wet Season: The wet season begins in January, is the rainiest during February and March, gradually dissipates in April and May, and is usually finished by June. It doesn’t rain every day during the wet season. The wet season is characterized by bouts of rain (often at night) followed by bright sunny weather. The days are hot and tropical, but the temperature drops down to about 70° Fahrenheit (21° Celsius) every night. The land positively bursts with life, everything is green and the trails are muddy. A pair of $10 rubber boots (standard-issue, available for purchase in any small town in coastal Ecuador) are required for hiking.
Dry Season: The dry season starts in June and usually continues through the end of December. During these months, rainfall is extremely rare. At most, a misty drizzle. Paradoxically, the dry season is also more overcast than the wet season. The daytime temperature hovers in the mid-70s Fahrenheit (mid-20s Celsius), and the nighttime temperature drops to the high 60s Fahrenheit (20° Celsius). The rainforest is sustained by a nightly fog layer that descends upon the forest. The trails are usually dry enough to walk around in shoes—except up at the top of the mountain in the cloud forest, which is delightfully wet 365 days per year.
For casual visits, we recommend that people avoid February and March. The rains and muddy trails are less user-friendly. But if you’re a biologist—for example, a herpetologist researching frogs—February and March will be optimal. The timing of your visit depends on what you’re coming for.
To coordinate your visit, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (and CC: email@example.com)
We monitor every single reforestation parcel three times per year using four overlapping methods, to ensure that nothing goes unnoticed.
- In-person site visits
- A state-of-the-art digital technology platform called FARM-TRACE
- High-resolution satellite images
- Aerial drone photographs of each parcel
We analyze and archive the satellite and aerial imagery for every single parcel. We also share these images with the people who sponsored the reforestation of that particular parcel. This is how sponsors can literally watch these forests grow over time.