Albarradas in Coastal Ecuador: Rescuing Ancient Knowledge on Sustainable Use of Biodiversity

Project Summary

This proposal combines archeology and ecology to develop an understanding of how ancient peoples in the coastal zone of Ecuador coped with the El Nino phenomenon. The move to adapt technologies to a more modern system could help to conserve the wild relatives more effectively. The objectives of this project are to: (1) increase the understanding about the technologies utilized by the ancient inhabitants of the region to sustainably use the biodiversity of the area in relation to El Nino events; and (2) conserve the wild relatives, traditional cultivars and wild races of crop varieties in this ecosystem.

Project Details

GEF Project ID
Project Type
Medium-size Project
Focal Areas
Funding Source
GEF Trust Fund
Implementing Agencies
The World Bank
Executing Agencies
Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL) & Fundacion Pedro Vicente Maldonadoan an NGO member of the Ecuadorian Committee for the Defense of Natural Setting and the Environment (CEDENMA
GEF Period:
GEF - 2
Approval Fiscal Year:


Project Preparation Grant Amount
25,000 USD
GEF Project Grant
725,000 USD
Co-financing Total
2,357,500 USD
GEF Agency Fees
146,000 USD
Total Cost 3,107,500.00 USD

Project Timeline

Received by GEF
Preparation Grant Approved
11 Nov 1998
Project Approved for Implementation
14 Jul 2000
Project closed
31 Aug 2003