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Andrea Aliende (BIO+CCAA'19) collaborates in a project of Education environmental in Ecuador

The biologist from Pamplona is working on the development of an organic vegetable garden within the conservation project "El jardín de los sueños" (The garden of dreams).

FotoCedida/AndreaAliende is a former student of the double degree Degree in Biology and Environmental Sciences.

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Andrea Aliente (Pamplona, 25 years old) finished her double degree Degree in Biology and Environmental Sciences in 2019. After doing a Master's Degree at academic staff she took the plane and went to Ecuador, to Indoamerica University, thanks to a scholarship PIN from the Government of Navarra.

Andrea works as an environmental educator for project "El Jardín de los Sueños" (The Garden of Dreams), a sustainable development initiative that aims to raise awareness about the environment and respect for nature. This protected forest is home to 36 species of amphibians, 57 species of reptiles, 225 species of birds, 24 species of mammals and 141 species of butterflies. "Currently this project has a sustainable development area where people stay who want to get to know the project and benefit from nature. The academic community has also taken an interest in project and serves as a biological station for research," says the biologist.

Aliende carries out its work through a organic gardenThey try to recreate the undergrowth, looking for techniques to enrich the soil while avoiding the use of fertilisers and pesticides. "The organic vegetable garden is a magnificent laboratory outdoors to visit and work with the land and for that we need to prepare the land to be arable and fertile," he adds.

One of the novelties to be implemented is the preparation of the garden for organic cultivation "beyond the typical monocultures of the area, such as cocoa or bananas". 

For Andrea Aliende, it is important that collaborations continue to exist in this project in order to continue to support more sustainable food and to "continue sharing and exchanging products and seeds with the community and thus enriching each other".