The South American Andean state of Ecuador is one of the most biologically diverse countries on our planet. The proximity to the equator, the pacific coast to the west, the high mountainous ranges of the Andes and the Amazon basin in the east have created an unrivalled diversity in flora and fauna.
Yet, just like in other Latin American countries, the ecological balance is greatly threatened. Economical interests often conflict with measures in environmental protection and with sustainable economic projects. Natural reserves, in which indigenous tribes and many endangered animal species live, are being made available for economic developments. The existence of many unique ecological niches are hence endangered.
On 8th October 2002 the online-journalist Patrick Gallitz will travel to the South American Andean state for approximately eight weeks under the project name Global-Reporter. As a backpacker equipped with a laptop and digital camera he will cover different environmental topics.
The aims of the project.....