Guayllabamba Waterkeeper works to preserve, protect, and recover the upper basin of the Guayllabamba River and its tributaries, working with volunteers on conservation, reforestation, and environmental education. Through our work, we’re forming a community of people who care about nature, who; know rivers are the veins of the planet, and who strive to keep water pure, as a source of life.
Guayllabamba Waterkeeper works in the preservation, protection, and recovery of the upper basin of the Guayllabamba River, whose riverbed traverse the Ecuadorian Andes, while its tributaries cross the Metropolitan District of Quito, Ecuador, picking up a heavy load of pollution which has practically killed the river.
Unfortunately, swimming or fishing in the Guayllabamba isn’t possible, existing only in the memories of some grandparents.
Despite this, the areas surrounding the river and its tributaries are home to wonderful landscapes ranging from snow-capped mountains to lush primary forests, hosting an enormous variety of native plants and animals.
Through its Guardians of the Ravines project, volunteers are working to recover habitat on the banks of the Guayllabamba River and its tributaries by cleaning ravines, planting trees and native plants, and raising awareness among the riparian communities. And through its training program “Water Guardians,” volunteers learn to live in a sustainable way, gaining tools for a greeny lifestyle, learning environmental values, upcycling, recycling, and how to plant and maintain home orchards.
Donations to Guayllabamba Waterkeeper will support its efforts on projects to help the Guayllabamba ecosystem in the Quito area recover.