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.
With immense gratitude, we are so pleased to announce that the Camp Contour Lines fundraiser has passed the goal of €10,000 with contributions from 61 donors!
With your support, Camp Contour Lines is expanding its operations to 36 sites in the Greater Livingston Area, on Guatemala’s Caribbean Coast, planting thousands of trees and helping the local community to establish regenerative agroforestry systems. These agroforestry systems will replace destructive slash and burn agriculture practices, and help provide the community with sustainable livelihoods.
Team up with camp Contour Lines this camp is operating over 2 years throughout 200 sq km of rainforest throughout the Greater Livingston Area, on Guatemala’s Caribbean Coast. Camp Contour Lines plants agroforestry projects mainly in Q’echi (mayan) villages, with 26 project sites on over 80 acres to date, restoring slash-and-burn corn to agro-reforestation systems on Contour.
-Skills needed: research scientists (soil biologists, agronomists, ecologists, anthropologists), grant-writers, photographers, filmmakers, SEO/social media specialists.
Planting season begins!
– 30 more agroforestry sites in 7 villages total
– More Women’s Project sites in all villages
– More community gardens within Livingston proper
– Beginning our rainforest and mangrove restoration projects
– Planting more bamboo sites, to promote its use in sustainable construction.
Accommodations are a homestay with a local family in one of the villages where we work. Support a local family while taking on projects to help the community. Private cabin, with outlying bathroom, electricity and shared shower. Costs are $26 per day for board and three meals per day.
Internship positions are limited and based on needed skills
The Greater Livingston Area (GLA) includes the town proper and 25 villages in the surrounding jungles, with approx 20,000 residents of Garifuna, Qechi, and Ladino cultures. Of the GLA’s 200km sq of former rainforest, over 70% is in rotation of slash-and-burn corn subsistence or cow pasture, both with low income and high ecological degradation here in these high-rainfall (i.e. high erosion) tropics. Poor roads and land divisions isolate many of the villages, which suffer from unemployment, malnutrition and illiteracy.
Transitioning their lands to regenerative use empowers these communities to resolve such local issues, while contributing to global reforestation initiatives for carbon sequestration, erosion control, preservation of biodiversity and development of sustainable economies. Contour lines as an agro-reforestation method form the backbone of this regenerative transition. They stop erosion, build soil fertility and encourage organic and polyculture methods, planted with trees that both generate economic wealth and restore ecosystem health.
Camp Contour Lines believes in hard work, not merely preaching and wasting time. We directly provide training, trees and funds to local communities to plant their own projects, on their own lands, to help enable their regenerative transition.
Camp Contour Lines aims to regenerate 100 sq km of GLA in 5 years, transitioning cornfields pasture to both agroforestry systems and restored rainforests.
While we teach many regenerative agriculture methods—cover-cropping, planting polycultures and legumes, mulching, rotational grazing—by focusing on one and applying it (planting on contour), we adopt a hands-on, project-oriented approach, one measurable in meters of progress. Contour lines form the backbone of a regenerative landscape. Terraces of fertility form over time. Once woven with the curves of contour, rural communities will continue farming regeneratively long after our work is done.
And while Camp Contour Lines focuses on land use, our projects form the roots of a greater cultural transition. Processing and marketing of regenerative products, eco-tourism and reforestation incentives all provide sustainable income to communities. It reverses the region’s trade deficit, from importing the garbage of foreign corporations to exporting healthy, organic produce from local campesinos. The resulting improvements in diet, employment, education and reduction of migration all inspire a cultural regeneration.
Ultimately our goal is change in mindset, one that unites humans with nature, farms with forests, the economic with the ecological—one that restores the ecosystems of the Greater Livingston Area while empowering and enriching it’s people. In this sense Contour Lines are the vanguard of a regenerative society.
Intensive courses: To be announced
Longer-term Campers: Positions currently open but limited (see “Who we Need”)
Contour Lines Corp
APROSARSTUN (local nonprofit)
Frutas del Mundo (tree nursery)
AMMUNDIS (multicultural women’s association)
Ak-tenamit (alternative school)
Casa Guatemala (children’s school),
Gamgadewale (Garifuna farm)
Municipality of Livingston, Guatemala, COCODE (community council) of several rural villages.
Homestay with locals
Cell – Service
Restoration of livelihoods
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.