Since 2016, the area our project addresses belongs to the upper basin of the Rocha lagoon which is a protected area by the National System of Protected Areas (SNAP). Within these hills, many communities and farmers live together and we all share the same interest and concern about the preservation of biodiversity, environmental recovery and ecoturism as ways to promote a sustainable territorial development.
Together we organize and participate in a land network composed by six different environments which, in more than 3000 hectare, shelter more than twenty mammals species, one hundred and thirty bird species and more than fifty plant species. At this moment, Ambá works in several programs to protect this natural paradise.
In the Guaraní cosmovision, Ambá refers to the place we should walk to because such place is our main purpose. Far from South American indigenous people, in the East side of Russia, to the Udegei people, Ambá is the amur tiger: the biggest feline in Siberia. In the Udegei cosmovision, this animal is also the personification of the Wood Spirit. To us, we believe that the presence of felines is a sign of a rich and abundant biodiversity that still survives in the hills of Rocha.
For these reasons, we decided to name the project Ambá to honor the living creatures that guard and protect this natural wealth because it is their home. In this context, as human beings, we cannot ignore our key role and, therefore, we are determined to show and defend a different relationship between nature and us.
The main challenge lies within us because, to achieve the change, it is crucial to abandon predatory habits that, day by day, put biodiversity at stake. Thus, to spread the urgent need to make a real change on these matters is our main goal and, to do so, we have to share vital knowledge on biodiversity so that people can join us in the process of understanding that we, human beings, belong to an unconditional love circle together with nature.