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Ecuador’s “Megadiverse”: Cuencanas River

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If biodiversity is a sign of wealth in plants, insects, birds, mammals, fungi, then the banks of the Cuencanas River in Cuenca, Ecuador should be called a megadiverse.

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Biodiversity on the banks Cuencanas

Observed mainly introduced monoculture and many think is ours, eucalyptus (Australian). Sure, it better be that there is nothing. But if we want to recover the native, which includes birds, insects, mammals, citizens have to demand it and work for it.

Cuenca, not for the banks of rivers, green areas have hardly so necessary for all. These should be treated as assets and recover their essence. There are clear examples of survival of native species in the banks, trees and shrubs that have struggled to be there, for example, the native bush Iochroma fuchsioides Austro endemic, Brugmansia tree (huantug, datura), Casearia sp (sachanogal) , Inga insignis (guava), Myrsine Andean Abatia parviflora, Berberis sp, Caesalpinia spinosa (carob), Cleome anomala (welds) and a few isolated that have survived. But that could change with some decision of the authorities and demanding to work for those goals.

In Ecuador there are more than 25,000 native plants and over 2,500 Azuay. We know very little of this wealth, only a high percentage of introduced plants that live among us, about 80 percent. By planting native plants, birds, insects, amphibians, would return gradually under reconstructing the habitat that would be generated by the food and protection they need to survive. Within the campus of the University of Cuenca running a planting plan native plants, helping to preserve and disseminate their existence to the new generations.

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