Debbie Borges

University: U.C. Berkeley

Major: Political Economy and Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature (double major)

Expected graduation: Dec.2010 

Period: Summer-Fall 2010

Program: Fonmsoeam

Project: Organic certification

Country: Esmeraldas/Ecuador

Reserva: The Mache Chindul Ecological Reserve


This is what I am doing in Ecuador... ยป

Through Great Wilderness, I am interning for FONMSOEAM - Federation of Black, Mestizos Organization of small scale cacao farmers from the South Western Esmeraldas, Atacames y Muisne with my friend Laura who I studied abroad with in Spain. I am in the Esmeraldas region of Ecuador until the 18th of August!

Welcome, Everyone


 Greetings! - Great Wilderness continues to work on biodiversity preservation in both Ecuador and Venezuela. We are succeeding in our mission to "Help People Help Nature."

 Please consider donating to Great Wilderness. It is easy to go to our website and donate. Thanks in advance for any help you can give to our organization.

 Volunteer and Internship Program

Our goal is to support, strengthen and enhance our partners conservation program by sending individuals interested in working and supporting the protection of Ecuador and Venezuela native forest and ecosystems. (Read more)



1. On September 2015,  the Parrolet Project was featured in the segment Bird Note that airs every morning in National Public Radio. Congratulations to our Research Director, Dr. Karl Berg!  Follow this link to hear the segment:   (Bird Note)

2. Great Wilderness would like to welcome both, Dr. Vernon Andrews to our Board of Directors and Ing. Estefani Izurieta (our very first Ecuadorian intern), to our team. (Read more)


sora ninos vicki ninos









The Parrotlet Project


Do Parrots Name Their Babies?

While studying Green-rumplet Parrolets in Venezuela, National Geographic Explorer and Great Wilderness Board member, Dr. Karl Berg, discovered an incredibly rare behavior.


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Forest Fund

Dear Family and Friends,


Earth Day 2016 marks the launch of a new partnership with Forest Fund. Forest Fund supports conservation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil with the help of Great Wilderness and donors worldwide. Together we are turning landowners into forest protectors by providing opportunity cost payments to the landowner to keep the forest standing in one of the most ecologically important and threatened areas of the world. Read more     



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