What is CECCOT?
The Tambopata Center for Education, Science and Conservation (CECCOT is the acronym in Spanish) is a non-profit non-governmental organization established in 2006 in Madre de Dios, Peru. CECCOT’s core goals are to promote conservation of tropical biodiversity and research, and to offer training opportunities for ecological research and sustainable livelihoods in the Peruvian Amazonia, in particular in the Madre de Dios region.
In 2016, CECCOT developed a vital and exciting partnership with a local family, Torres-Herrera. Together, we continue to develop and grow a cooperative organization in which worldwide conservationists and local families join efforts to accomplish common goals: nature conservation, scientific research, environmental education and sustainable development. We have established Hacienda Herrera-CECCOT, as our conservation center.
CECCOT’s mission is to promote human-integrated conservation of tropical rainforest, offering learning opportunities on research, conservation, education and sustainable livelihoods for the local community and visitors of all ages.
We aim to become a conservation center that serves as a base for research and education programs that can take advantage of the habitats surrounding our lands and the proximity to the Tambopata Reserve, while providing a model of sustainability and sound conservation practices that can be shared with visitors, students and the local community.
We are embarking on a life project to create a conservation center open to the world community. We intend to provide educational experiences in science and nature for local people, as well as for people from around the world. What sets our philosophy for this environmental education facility apart is the integration of up-to-date scientific methodology, with our efforts to minimize our ecological footprint.
We are a young organization, with many opportunities available to help us to achieve our goal of sustainability and to offer effective conservation education and low-impact ecological alternatives for local families. We want to show that a simple lifestyle at low economic cost can achieve a high quality of life. Similarly, we want to demonstrate this simple-but-high-quality lifestyle concept to the international community.
In addition, by including the participation of committed scientists and conservationists, we can promote the protection of biodiversity not only for its intrinsic value, but also for the opportunities it presents to demonstrate the direct connection between healthy ecosystems and our own healthy existence.
Some of our eco-conscious practices include:
- Minimizing our generation of excess CO2 by setting up a full solar system to power the center (so far we have a small amount of solar energy capacity and are working to develop more).
- Collecting and using rain water whenever possible to conserve resources (we have running water available for guests at our ecolodge and encourage that it be used in moderation).
- Cooking only with fresh, locally-harvested, vegetables (most of our food is vegetarian, as cattle ranches have been a major source of habitat destruction in the area).
- Purchasing responsibly and reusing as many products as possible to minimize the creation of solid waste.