Sustainability at Minga Lodge

The Amazon Rainforest is a beautiful place to visit and learn about biodiversity and the environment

Minga Lodge is also a place where you get to meet local people, learn about their culture and their ways of life. At Minga we take a people, planet and wildlife approach in designing and assessing our presence and impact. We align our efforts and work with partners to do our part to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Your visit to Minga Lodge helps to create a better world for everyone

Our interactive activities are designed around these initiatives. We pride ourselves on creating immersive, hands-on learning opportunities that are fun and educational for all.

Minga Lodge & Reserve continues to focus on the following United Nations Sustainability Goals

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Empowering people
End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Income generation programs in cacao, coffee, and bees which allow local families to earn an income in harmony with the Amazon Rainforest.

Artisanal training program with women from local communities. Over 82,000 individual pieceshave been made and sold.

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Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

Built over 200 schoolrooms across the country.

Worked with Ministry of Education and local communities to ensure there are high schools in the region around Minga Lodge.

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Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

Since 2013, we have helped to enable access to clean water to more than 5,000 people through the construction of community clean water systems, ranging from legal access to water sources, creation and training of community committees to manage the systems and talks on awareness about the responsible use of water by families throughout Ecuador.

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Caring for the planet
& championing wildlife conservation
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

The lodge uses clean energy for its daily operations since it is connected to the national electricity grid where in Ecuador, 92% of the electricity comes from hydraulic power plants.

(Source: Ministry of Energy and Mines of Ecuador)

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Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

As part of our sustainable tourism practices, 90% of the employees are local hires, the providers of our cultural activities are from neighboring communities and receive training from the organization.

Our operations respect wild fauna and flora, biological diversity, ecosystems and cultural diversity and includes the “1-mile diet” as part of the menu offered at the Lodge.

Educate the farmers in good agriculture practice based on respect the wild fauna and flora and biological diversity.

The Agricultural Learning Center farm promotes the use of organic fertilizers and the reduction of agrochemicals in agricultural trainings provided to farmers in Chontapunta.

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Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The farm has a tree nursery that produces 6,000 seedlings per year to supply the reforestation program developed with the high schools on degraded community soils.

To complement the production of native agroforestry plant seedlings, students were trained and nurseries were installed in 3 agricultural colleges in the Chontapunta area.

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Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

Our 700-acre Reserve is dedicated to conservation activities.

We partner with Ikiam University, Inabio (National Institute of Biodiversity) and other organizations to monitor and measure flora and fauna in the area.

One of our most successful endeavors is the rescue and protection of the Melipona Bee – a stingless native bee from the Amazon.

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