Pichincha Provincial Government and WFP launch book on Plants of the Andes
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Published on 25 June 2014

ECU Book Plants of the Andes

During the launch, one of the book's authors, Patricio Pillajo, describes the process of drafting the book. Copyright: WFP/Natali Ortiz

Quito – Mario and Patricio Pillajo’s book about plants of the Andes titled “Plantas de la Cordillera Andina”, containing the description and traditional uses of two hundred species, was presented yesterday to the Pichincha Provincial Government.  The book is a compilation of plants growing in the Cayambe and Pedro Moncayo cantons in the province of Pichincha, and the canton of Papallacta in the Napo province. Their work was published with the support of the Pichincha Provincial Government and the World Food Programme (WFP).

Patricio and Mario Pillajo are Papallacta natives and self-taught naturalists. Their effort is focused on the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems of the Cayambe-Coca National Park. Their book will be a valuable tool in the task of incorporating traditional knowledge in adaptation strategies in the midst of climate change. It offers the opportunity to circulate local knowledge, protect traditional systems of agriculture, and empower and prepare vulnerable communities so that they can readily address the climate vulnerability of their region. The publication of this book has received support from institutions such as the Pichincha Provincial Government, WFP, the Adaptation Fund and Ecuadorian Resort Termas de Papallacta.


The Provincial Government of Pichincha and WFP, together with the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture and the Public Consortium of the Jubones River Basin, have been collaborating on a project to build resilience within vulnerable communities to climate change and improve food and nutrition security through the implementation of adaptive measures. In Pichincha, the project has been implemented in the Cayambe and Pedro Moncayo cantons. The project addresses the response to climate change beyond the purely scientific, aiming to include social and gender dimensions.