“Centro Ecológico Juvenil” has been around since 1990!
It was created with an initiative of the college of education in Sucre. Members and friends of the CEJ have planted hundreds of thousands of trees in the bolivian Andes since 1990 and made them grow into a dense, contiguous forest.
In the past, only a little grass was growing on the dry soil, which sheep and goats soon grazed. Meanwhile, a large, wide forest of pines, eucalyptus, oaks and gnarled kewinia trees extends the surrounding slopes. It takes hours to walk through it. So there is now fertile soil for potatoes, corn and vegetables.
The floor now feels like a damp carpet, edible mushrooms sprout everywhere, – moss and cabbage cover the floor. Insects of many species nest in and provide new food for the birds they have brought.
Also new sources gush from crevices. There is more rain, which also ensures that the 110-year-old drinking water collection channel for the city of Sucre, 30 km away, meanwhile has significantly more water!
Student and seminar groups, tourists, families and hikers visit us daily.