WHO WE ARE
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.
WHAT WE DO
We aim to become an integrated science and conservation center that serves as a base for field research, outdoor education programs and sustainable living practices. We worked in a collaborative partnership with the Hacienda Herrera and take advantage of the habitats surrounding their landsand 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 have embarked on a life project to create a conservation center open to the world community. We provide educational experiences in science and nature for local people, as well as for people from around the world. We promote opportunities for more women, girls and underrepresented minorities to participate in science, education and conservation. 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 an 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.
OUR ECO-CONSCIOUS PRACTICES
We minimize our generation of excess CO2 by setting up a full solar system to power the center.
We collect and use rainwater as much as possible to conserve resources and save energy.
We cook with fresh, locally-harvested, vegetables, eating primarily vegetarian to protect land.
We reuse as many products as possible to minimize the creation of solid waste in the environment.