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Many of our 2020 camp experiences have been postponed due to the Covid-19 virus. We look forward to continue the gatherings when it is safe to do so. Please check our website or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates. We commend the efforts by so many of us to limit the spread of the virus and send deep thanks to the healthcare workers across the globe taking care of those most affected. We see our work of bringing balance back to ecosystems as more important than ever. Our team is busy building our organizational capacity during this time so that we can share the message of regenerative land management even further. We are grateful for your support and look forward to seeing you at camp in the future.

CAMP ALTIPLANO, SPAIN

ONLINE COURSE

Ecosystem Restoration and Regenerative Culture

November 19th, December 3rd, December 17th

  What is the role of my emotional connection to the world? How do I stay motivated? What does a regenerative society look like and how do we get there?

If you’re seeking answers to these questions, this course is for you! 

Join us as we explore the physical, technical and cultural aspects of regeneration, what it means for our lives, and how to shift our own worldview. You’ll also gain insight into the practical lessons learnt at Camp Altiplano after three years of implementing restoration and rehabilitation techniques.

The course is organised by Lian Kasper and Camp Altiplano, and will be run in three, three-hour sessions once every two weeks. 

View further details here.

Sign up now!

To secure your place on the Ecosystem Restoration and Regenerative Culture course, please select your payment amount  in the adjacent box and follow the steps to fill in your details. 

You will receive email confirmation with details about the first session, and how to join in online.

For further information about the course please email Camp Altiplano Camp Coordinator Silvia.

To make this course open to everyone, we’re offering participants the option to pick a price that suits their income.

By selecting the higher price, you will be supporting Camp Altiplano and our restoration work on the land, in addition to covering our costs to run the course.

Discounts apply for Ecosystem Restoration Camps members. Sign up below to take advantage of these special course rates!

CAMP ALTIPLANO, SPAIN

Established camp

Camp Altiplano is our first camp on the high steppe of south-eastern Spain. This is a semi arid ecosystem that has been severely degraded by deforestation, industrial agriculture, water exploitation and climate change. Restoration work at the camp is supporting the local Alvelal collective to restore 620,000 hectares of degraded natural and agricultural land.

Our Vision

We envision a healthy, resilient regional ecosystem made up of a mosaic of productive and biodiverse farms, natural areas and a regenerated economy.

Organising Partners

About Camp Altiplano

Camp Altiplano is located in La Junquera, a tiny farming settlement in the remote steppe of the Murcia region – one of the lowest income regions in Spain with high levels of rural to urban migration caused by lack of employment opportunities.  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. 

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. 

Achievements to date

Restoration Report: Year One

Camp Altiplano Restoration Plan

Camper Opportunities

Date of next camp to be announced.

What to Expect at Camp Altiplano

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.

Camp Facilities

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Camping (Basic/BYOT)

Kitchen (vegetarian)

Toilets (compost) + Outdoor Showers

Electricity

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Cell Service

Swimming Facilities

Restoration Activities

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Water Retention

Tree Planting

Composting

Soil Restoration

Regenerative Entrepreneurialism

Erosion Prevention

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Food Planting

Community Building

Restoration of Livelihoods

Restoration Holidays

Natural Building

Fire Prevention

Restoration Camp Experience Costs

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. 

Other Restoration Camping Opportunities

Here are some of the other ways you can experience ecosystem restoration camping at Camp Altiplano (all prices on request):

Restoration Experience

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).

Restoration Holiday

Have a holiday that restores the land around you with activities such as hiking, foraging, homemade wine and cheese tasting, archery, wild swimming, and taking part in small restoration activities during your stay. 

 

Restoration Courses

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.

Who is Needed

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.

Apply for Camp Altiplano Restoration Experience

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

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.

Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Wechelerweg 37
7431 PD Diepenveen
The Netherlands

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