World Orchid Conference

Ecotourism and Orchid Hunting in Ecuador

For many years, developing countries have promoted ecotourism as a way for indigenous people to make a living without cutting down the forests. Ecuador is particularly rich in biodiversity and has set aside 23% of its land in national parks, reserves, refuges, and recreation. In addition, the government pays private land owners to keep their acreage wild. Over 5000 species of orchids have been identified throughout Ecuador with more being discovered each year.

The 22nd World Orchid Conference

Every three years, plant enthusiasts from around the globe come together for one grand event which showcases the very best that the orchid kingdom has to offer. The World Orchid Conference was first held in St. Louis, Missouri in 1954 and, since then, has taken place in such distance places as Bangkok, Rio de Janeiro, Vancouver, and Johannesburg. This year, from November 7 to 12, Guayaquil, Ecuador was the host city.

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