In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc).
Are you interested in ecosystem restoration and want to learn more, while also getting the chance to put your learnings into practice? Join the two week restoration course at Camp Altiplano!
Together we will learn many things about soil, water and trees, through a mix of theoretical and practical lessons, while living at Camp Altiplano and experiencing off-grid life to the full. You will help with tree planting in natural areas of the farm La Junquera while learning about rainwater harvesting and soil health. We will also visit another regenerative farm in the region, learn from local experts and talk about water issues in other parts of Spain.
Kris Devéria (OpenGeoHub Foundation)
Camp Altiplano is our first camp on the high steppe of south-eastern Spain, in the Murcia region.
Murcia is one of the lowest income regions in Spain with high levels of rural to urban migration caused by lack of employment opportunities. This is a semi arid ecosystem that has been severely degraded by deforestation, industrial agriculture, water exploitation and climate change. The degradation of the landscape is intricately connected with the degradation of the social fabric too. Many of the villages in the region are semi empty, with shops closing the populations dwindle. The landscape was historically degraded by deforestation for making ships, followed by industrial agriculture.
The camp itself is a 5 hectare plot in the middle of the El Junquero farm of Alfonso Chico de Guzman, who is converting his 1,500 hectare organic almond and heritage grains farm to regenerative. Restoration work at the camp is supporting the local Alvelal collective to restore 620,000 hectares of degraded natural and agricultural land.
Expect a sparse, degraded yet beautiful landscape, with high heat in summer and frosty cold in winter. With only 250 mm (on average) of rain per year, this is a semi arid place, on its way to becoming a desert if action to revive this landscape isn’t taken.
Originally a highly degraded field of wheat, the area is now transforming into a haven for life, with ponds making up a wetland that is home to snakes, toads, frogs and dragonflies, a regenerative almond agroforestry system, an apple orchard, all growing out of soil that is growing in microbial, bacterial and fungal life.
Now in its third year of restoration, where many techniques have already been implemented to bring the land back to life. To learn more about these techniques, check out the restoration plan and reports.
We envision a healthy, resilient regional ecosystem made up of a mosaic of productive and biodiverse farms, natural areas and a regenerated economy.
Expect a sparse, degraded yet beautiful landscape, with high heat in summer and frosty cold in winter. With only 250 mm (on average) of rain per year, this is a semi arid place, on its way to becoming a desert if action to revive this landscape isn’t taken. Expect group meals, bright blue skies, rare birds, teaching and learnings about regenerative techniques, practical restoration work, camp fires, mountain hikes, and beautifully affordable tapas and wine.
Download the Camp Handbook to learn more about Camp Altiplano, the experience you will have and how to prepare for becoming a camper.
The camp experience cost includes: Food (3 x organic meals per day), accommodation (either a tent or a farmhouse), transport to and from the local bus station, tools and seedlings, expertise and coordination costs.
Anyone who has a passion for bringing our degraded landscapes back to life and wants to get their hands in the soil to make this happen. Our different camp experiences mean that there is something for everyone, from lots of physical activity to gentle physical activity. The camp needs everyone to come and take part in the restoration of this beautiful, but highly degraded landscape.
Toilets (compost) + Outdoor Showers
Restoration of livelihoods
Here are some of the other ways you can experience ecosystem restoration camping at Camp Altiplano (all prices on request):
Restore the ecosystem by doing whatever needs to be done at the time.
Mind, Body & Soil Retreats
Heal yourself whilst healing the land with yoga, meditation, group therapy, nutrition and restoration work (1 week).
Learn all the skills for restoring an ecosystem and take part in the restoration needed at the time.
Corporate Restoration Experiences
CSR experiences and management trainings.
Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.
Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.
Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020