document describing Planet Drum's Bioregional Sustainability
Institute. Judy Goldhaft's
journal entries describing her adventures in Bahia and as a
Planet Drum revegetation volunteer are included with the Dispatches.
In January Clay Plager-Unger came to
Bahia to be Planet Drum's Field Projects Manager and joined Ramon Cedeno
Loor, the Bioregional Education Manager. During this year Jaime Andraide, a
local who is an expert Ecuadorian forestry, became the Field Manager for the
Revegetation projects in Bahia. Clay worked closely with Jaime and included both
their work in his Reports. All Clay's and Ramon's Reports as well as
Peter Berg's Dispatches are indexed here.
In March, 2006, Patrick Wylie replaced Heather
Crawford as Planet Drum's Field Projects Manager in Ecuador. Ramon
Cedeno Loor replaced Valentina Caminati as the new Field Bioregional
In November, 2006, Dan Robbins replaced Patrick and
he and other volunteers continued sending updates on the work in
Peter returned to the Eco-City project in
Ecuador in March and later in September, 2006. He sent dispatches to report on
the project's progress as seen through his eyes.
held Solar Energy workshops and built a Solar Hot water with local
contractors Heater in January.
Heather Crawford began training to become the new Field Projects
Manager in February 2005. Kristen Lansdale joined her in April to head the
new Bioregional Education Program.
Renée Portanova, previous Field Projects Manager, left at the end of
to the Eco-City project in Ecuador in early February, 2005. His first
Dispatch arrived near the end of February. He sent four Dispatches during
Ecuador Reports, 2004
Renée Portanova arrived in Bahia in late January and after
working as a volunteer, became the new Field Projects Manager after Brian left
in May. Her and other volunteers' reports for 2004 are here.
Ecuador Dispatches, 2004
Peter returned in early June, 2004, to the Eco-City
project in Ecuador. He began sending dispatches soon after. The first
Dispatch is the often-reprinted essay Learning
to Partner with a Life-Place.
Peter Berg and Elise Braaten collaborated on a neighborhood oriented educational
curriculum that will be launched June 2004 by Planet Drum Foundation
in Bahia de Caraquez.
Ecuador Reports, 2003
In January 2003 Planet Drum hired Brian Teinert as
the Field Projects Manager for the Eco-Bahia Project. He sent Reports of
activities during 2003 and part of 2004
Ecuador Dispatches, 2003
We started out the new year with one volunteer, Simon Winch, working on the Eco Ecuador
Project. In early January Peter arrived, and about a week later Brian
Teinert, who has
been hired as chief of operations for Planet Drum's projects, arrived to carry on
the work. Peter was busy organizing the projects in Bahia and introducing Brian to
everyone. In mid-January Peter sent a comprehensive
dispatch which reviews Planet Drum's accomplishments
and visions over the past five years in Ecuador. He returned to Ecuador in
November and continued sending Dispatches.
Jobs Listing 2003
There are work opportunities that
include volunteer and paid positions for people who would like to
contribute their energy and time in collaboration with the Eco Ecuador
Guayaquil Green City 2003
Peter Berg gave a presentation in Ecuador (21 Feb, 2003). This talk
represents the latest strategic thinking on creating sustainable
Reports from Planet Drum Staff 2002
Fall 2002 Ecuador volunteers included: Jeff Goddin, Kristen Ford, Chris
Sara Gomez (& Matt), Rita Higgins, Simon Winch, and others for short times (Justine
and Maggie, etc.) Jeff continued to send reports, and Kristin,
Chris, Sara and Matt, and Simon also sent reports.
Dispatches from Ecuador, 2002
Several volunteers have joined Peter back in Ecuador to
continue the revegetation work amidst downpours and mud slides. These
Dispatches include a Statement of Intent to revegetate eroded hillsides,
and a Management Plan for Fanca Produce Composting.
Dispatches from Ecuador, Aug/Sep
Peter returned to Ecuador to continue the work on Eco
City. He continued the tradition of sending back dispatches for his
faithful readers on the web site.
An addenda to the Reports by Amy Jewel
Reports by Planet Drum Staff, Spring
Amy Jewel worked in Ecuador this Spring (2001). She sent two reports that follow up on the events set in motion with the Eco
Committee's proposals and subsequent Public Meetings held in February.
Final version approved Feb. 15, 2001 by the Public Meeting. in English and
An addenda to Berg's Dispatches
Dispatches from Ecuador, Jan/Feb 2001
Peter Berg returned to Ecuador in January and February, 2001, to continue work on
the Revegetation project and to participate in the growing Eco-Ciudad
movimiento in Bahia de Caraquez. These are his reports from the scene. The
series of meetings that Peter describes is important because it represents
the institutionalization of an ecological agenda that has developed over
the past two years.
Peter also lays out numerous opportunities for individuals or groups to
contribute either through volunteer work, or donation of materials and
supplies, or monetary contributions to the success of this experiment in
creating green cities.
Planet Drum Foundation launched an Eco-Bahia
Ecuador Support Group at an event in San Francisco December 8, 2000.
Representatives of the Ecuador consulate and Planet Drum welcomed the
gathering and reported on the progress in the Revegetation Project and the
Eco City planning. The success of the event was in no small part due to
the donations from local eco-friendly
firms, and the several volunteers
whose work provided a wonderful time for all.
Claire Dibble sent two reports "from the
ground" on the Eco City hard work of planting the hillsides, frantic
about the coming rains and with fervent wishes that the native vegetation
will hold when the storms come this winter.
Planet Drum staffers Peter Berg and Judy Goldhaft returned to Bahia in early September 2000 for further
work in various areas of urban sustainability. These dispatches
tell the status of their efforts in the hillside revegetation, water
supply, alternative energy and other projects.
The City of San Francisco adopted a resolution commending Ciudad Bahia
de Caraquez of Ecuador on becoming an Eco-City, or "Cuidad Ecologica".
Carey Knecht writes, "I joined up with Planet Drum and the Eco-Bahia project because I was deeply
inspired by the task of integrating nature and a city. That is a task that
requires not only reforesting one hillside, but actually changing culture.
..." In Carey's reports from
February-March, 2000, we learn how she attempted to carry out this
On his third visit to Bahia, in February 2000, Peter Berg opened Planet Drum's local office and inaugurated
the Revegetation Project, to restore the hillsides devastated by the 1998 El Nino
mudslides. Peter sent six dispatches that
reported on this work.
In order to get a
first hand view of the situation since the Eco-Gathering, Peter made a second visit to Bahia
in August, 1999, accompanied by Judy Goldhaft, Planet Drum's Managing Director.
They wanted to survey the positive activities that the Bahians had already
started, what support they needed, and how
their projects could be tied to large-scale infrastructure improvements. The
resulting report by Peter Berg outlines the
Planet Drum proposal.
Model Law for
Out of the meetings that Peter had in Ecuador came the following By-Law declaring
Bahia de Caraquez an Eco-City. We offer it here as a model that other municipalities may use in developing
language appropriate to their specific bioregions.
Letter from Patricio Tamariz April
on subsequent activities after Peter left to return home at the end of
March, 1999. Includes photos of the first plantings in what would become
the revegetation project.
Peter Berg went to Ecuador in February, 1999 to attend the International Eco-Gathering and
help the local ecologistas organize in the midst of natural disasters that have beset the
Bahia de Caraquez region over the past two years. We anxiously awaited for these
seven dispatches that Peter sent back over the two-week period. These reports
from 1999 illuminate the genesis of this unique collaborative effort.