Montane savannas and gallery forests Dry montane forest
Treeline elfin forest
Paramo grasslands High Andean eastern puna
Lower foothill forest (Alto Madidi)
Lower foothill forest (Hondo river)
Upper foothill forest
Seasonally inundated Amazonian grasslands Lower montane forest
Upper montane cloud forest
Montane cloud forest
High Andean western puna
Most of the Identidad Madidi team spend International Day of Biological Diversity at the Encounter for Forest Production and Biodiversity, Madidi, La Paz, 2016 in Calacoto, La Paz which is opened by the Minister of the Environment and Water. This event promoted community products with participation from more than 20 different products from the Amazon on sale at the fair. Meanwhile the Identidad Madidi team share their experiences with the public at a couple of stalls including environmental education activities with children, camera trap demonstrations and distribution of stickers, as well as a couple of presentations about Madidi and Identidad Madidi in the Gustu restaurant.
Up early in the dark for a quick breakfast, and then a walk out from Chalalan to the Tuichi river, where as dawn breaks we board boats to travel back down the river during the continuing southern front with low lying cloud. After a couple of hours, we are back at Rurrenabaque, where after some fabulous croissants and coffee, the participants thank Chalalan once again and fly back to La Paz.
In the morning twelve community producers share their products with the chefs and press, explaining how they are produced and the challenges they have faced. At the request of Identidad Madidi, the Chalalan guides made a short and successful trip to find some wild vanilla pods for the chefs. The chefs were astounded at the size and aroma of the vanilla pods and encouraged San Jose de Uchupiamonas to start thinking a sustainable harvest for sale to restaurants in La Paz. After an exchange and another delicious Chalalan lunch, in the afternoon the participants split into three working groups to produce recommendations on how to promote sustainable products from the Amazon with urban markets. The Ministry of the Environment and Water formally closes the encounter, and then the Chalalan staff and San Jose de Uchupiamonas community members bring indigenous music and dance to the closing dinner.
The Danish Ambassador, the San Jose de Uchupiamonas community leader and the Director of Madidi National Park formally welcome the visitors and open the event. Identidad Madidi is then invited to give a presentation on the importance of Madidi National Park and the results of the expedition during 2015. After enjoying the wonderful cuisine of Chalalan, a local fish dish cooked in Heliconia leaves called Dunuquavi, Identidad Madidi and the local Chalalan ecotourism guides accompany the community producers, and the national and international chefs, on walks through the forest to forage for Madidi´s edible secrets. In the evening the chefs team up with the Chalalan kitchen to produce another fabulous fish dish using herbs and fungi from the forest.
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