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CAMP ALTIPLANO

Murcia, Spain

Volunteer opportunity until March 2022

Join the team at Camp Altiplano to help plant trees on La Junquera farm! 

Live off the grid, learn about restoration and support reforestation. Arrivals and departures on Mondays only. Contribution for the week Eur50 or Eur100 if you stay a whole month. Food is at your own expense, with access to the communal kitchen.

For more info or to sign up, simply complete the application form at the bottom of this page. You can also email Camp Coordinator Silvia directly at ercaltiplano@gmail.com or WhatsApp her on +34 722 803 518. 

Next camp experience

Ecosystem Restoration Course: 3 - 11 March 2022

Ecosystem restoration is a vast and increasingly relevant field. 

Camp Altiplano has been working with ecosystem restoration since 2017, in the semi-arid Murcian plateau of south-eastern Spain. And we want to share with you our learnings and experience!

If you already know what ecosystem restoration is, but feel the need to put your learnings into practice, and actively contribute to restoring the earth, then this is definitely the course for you. 

During this one week course you will be learning about the basics of ecosystem restoration and all its components. We will talk about soil health and how to improve it, rainwater harvesting, compost making, tree planting. You will join both theoretical and practical sessions, while living completely off-grid at Camp Altiplano and sharing this experience with a motivated and inspiring group of people.  

COURSE ORGANISERS

Jurre Zwart
(Renew, Netherlands)

Kris Devéria
(OpenGeoHub Foundation, Wageningen)

 Silvia Quarta
(Camp Altiplano)

SIGN UP NOW!

The cost to attend this enriching, week-long course is Eur580 per person,  including transport to and from the local bus station, shared accommodation, three organic meals per day, tools and all activities.

To sign up, simply fill in the adjacent form ➡ and we will confirm your participation right away.

View the handbook for more about Camp Altiplano and how to prepare for camp.

About Camp Altiplano

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. 

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.

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.

The kitchen building at Camp Altiplano

The wood and staw bale bunkhouse at Camp Altiplano can accommodate up to 8 people

Interior of the bunkhouse

The roundhouse is a little cob building with two floors. Each floor is a little room that can accommodate 2 people

What's included in the restoration camp experience

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. 

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.

How to apply

Established camp

Organising Partners
Facilities

Camping (Basic/BYOT)
Kitchen (vegetarian)
Toilets (compost) + Outdoor Showers
Electricity
Cell service
Swimming facilities

Restoration Activities

Water retention
Tree planting
Composting
Soil restoration
Regenerative entrepreneurialism
Erosion prevention
Food planting
Community building
Restoration of livelihoods
Restoration holidays
Natural building
Fire prevention

Other Camp Activities

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.

Read about our achievements to date
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Restoration Report, year 1
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Restoration Plan
Camp Altiplano Restoration Experience Report - January 2020_Page_01
Restoration Experience Report Jan 2020
Latest News from the Camp
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

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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