The second edition of the Chocó Andino Festival, a celebration commemorating the creation of the Commonwealth of the Bio-region of the Chocó Andino, took place last August 10 in Pacto, in the Northwestern region of Pichincha in Ecuador. Through recreational activities, talks and artistic presentations, the festival brought together people from the countryside and the city to enjoy the products, knowledge and arts of the Andean Chocó and the Intag Valley.
The event, organized by the Chocó Andino Model Forest with leadership from the Chocó Andino Commonwealth, the Decentralized Autonomous Government of Pacto, and the Chocó Andino Youth Network, had a large artistic and cultural agenda. Participants enjoyed a variety of activities, ranging from dances, live music, a mobile museum and theater, to a seed exchange, the “We are what we eat” agroecological fair with more than 80 producers in the region, and the gastronomic fair “Our Stoves”, with its sample of the local cuisine prepared with organic products.
The Festival allowed its organizers to expose visitors to sustainable and inclusive territorial management initiatives for the bio-region. Talks and workshops facilitated by specialists in sustainable land management described the Chocó Andino Model Forest, the Chocó Andino de Pichincha Biosphere Reserve and the Andean Bear Ecological Corridor, among other strategies that acknowledge the global importance of the territory for biodiversity conservation and maintaining the ecological balances of our planet.
The Chocó Andino Commonwealth was created on August 10, 2014, when the parish governments of Calacalí, Gualea, Nanegal, Nanegalito, Nono, and Pacto partnered to create a platform for coordination, dialogue and participatory government in the northwest of Quito. The celebration of August 10, 2019, commemorated this territorial milestone, which has contributed and continues to support the defense of rural culture and the sustainable development of the Andean Chocó.
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