The Hummingbird Conservancy promotes various projects that involves the active participation of the community. All projects are centered around conservation of strategic areas where there is high biodiversity, taking into consideration the social and economic priorities of the community. We support the local school and community action board to identify what are the needs and expectations of the community. We consider this is key to the long-term survivability and sustainability of our conservation projects.
In the end,
we will conserve what we love,
we will love what we understand,
and we will understand
only what we have been taught.
Secrets of the Rainforest - Educate local stakeholders as to their role and importance of protecting the environment. Learning how the community can benefit directly from conservation of watersheds and the positive impact this will have in their daily lives. This activity will allow the community to learn about the flora and fauna of the forest and their importance in maintaining a balanced ecosystem.
Know and Love your backyard --Provide children, through their school teachers, the necessary tools to study, comprehend, analyze and reflect upon the ecological processes and effects of their actions on the environment.
Keeping our Home Clean - THC is installing modern septic tanks in each home and school, 23 septic tanks in total, to prevent the contamination of the San Juan Antioquia river. Also, we are teaching the members of the community how to manage and dispose of waste material; both organic and inorganic waste.
Planters of Hope - This project entails the reforestation and restoration of a 2 mile stretch of the San Juan Antioquia river from the village of La Mesenia to forests tracks located downstream to allow animal populations to reconnect and increase the gene pool. Each owner near the river bank will allow for 30 feet to be reforested on each side.
Road to Sweetness - After 20 years of being non-operational, THC has built a road to a sugar cane mill that will allow villagers to manufacture nature's organic sweetener from sugar cane at profitable costs for export, bringing sustainable income to the growers. THC is committed to assisting the community in establishing productive systems that are compatible, or that cause a minimal impact, on the surrounding environment, and that can provide basic food needs and economic stability to stakeholders leading to a sustainable management of natural resources and conservation of biodiversity.