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Palo Santo Project Receives Certification of Ecological Operation
October 2008

A guarantee that the local community will benefit economically

For many years, the dry forests of Zapotillo in southern Ecuador harbored a resource that would offer an excellent source of income for the poor people of the region. In 2007 and 2008, Nature and Culture assisted the communities of Malvas, Chaquito, Paletillas de Malvas, and Totumos (80 families in all), by developing a program to benefit from the fruit of the Palo Santo tree. The essential oils of the fruit are extracted and are currently sold to Natura, a Brazilian cosmetics company that develops fine perfumes for the international market. On October 17, NCI received a Certification of Ecological Operation from the certifying company Ecocert for the development and commercialization of the Palo Santo fruit. With this achievement, we are guaranteeing that the environment will not be contaminated, that the functionality of the dry forest will not be affected, and that the people who live in these natural ecosystems will benefit economically such that there will be an improvement in their standard and quality of life.



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