The »Rainforest Foundation Pastaza Ecuador« was created by Ingo Lies and Alfonso Tandazo. The purpose of the Foundation is to purchase parts of the Ecuadorian rainforest and to designate them as protected areas.
The Foundation acquires areas that include at least 90% primary rainforest. The local population attends to the protection of the rainforest and arranges small afforestation work. The first rainforest areas were bought in September 2010. Continually, new parts are being purchased and, where possible, merged to one large territory.
Striking a balance between sustainable tourism and active climate protection, the Foundation awards »My Rainforest« Certificates to travelers. A map displays the current progress of the acquired territory and hitherto awarded Certificates.