“Saving San Rafael” Book

25 01 2010

Eli from Guyra Paraguay posing with the photo-documentary book, "Saving San Rafael"

If you are even slightly interested in beautiful photography, Paraguay, or forest conservation, it’s time I tell you about this book. I contacted the author, my friend Emily Horton, to get the scoop. Thanks for your work, Emily!

“Hola Samuel! I would love to share more about Saving San Rafael, the conservation photography book I made in collaboration with the Association Guyra Paraguay. This publication is of special relevance to Ride for the Trees supporters because, similar to your biking campaign, it aims to protect one of the largest and most threatened blocks of Atlantic Forest in Paraguay: San Rafael. The book, written in Spanish and English, takes readers on a photographic journey through the biological and cultural wealth of San Rafael. It is a great educational resource for donors wishing to visualize and learn more about the globally important forest they are preserving.

BUY THE BOOK QUICKLY AND SAFELY ONLINE: It can be purchased online from the NHBS Environmental Book Store by visiting http://www.nhbs.com/saving_san_rafael_tefno_161120.html .  Buyers can feel good about their investment since book profits will be used by the non-profit environmental organization, Guyra Paraguay, to fund conservation projects in San Rafael.

From the start, our goal has been to use Saving San Rafael as a conservation tool to raise national and international awareness about the importance of San Rafael. Thus, I am always grateful when it serves its purpose. Thanks for helping promote our book on your blog Samuel and for contributing to our planet in your VERY unique way. Safe pedaling!

THE BACKSTORY: The story behind Saving San Rafael begins in 2004 when I arrived in Paraguay as an Environmental Education Peace Corps Volunteer. As fate would have it, I was assigned to live in Arroyo Claro, a remote agricultural village bordering San Rafael “National Park.” I soon learned about the global importance of San Rafael and the complex challenges facing its conservation. Living next to San Rafael, I was able to directly observe its impressive biological diversity and complex conservation challenges. The town I worked in faced many socioeconomic hardships and environmental protection was, understandably, not always a priority for its citizens. With this in mind, I spent the next two years collaborating with families, schools, municipalities, and environmental organizations to raise socioeconomic conditions and awareness about preserving San Rafael. By the time I completed my Peace Corps service, I had fallen in love with Paraguay’s ecosystems and people and developed a philosophy that sought to integrate conservation and socioeconomic elements. Since college, I had been striving to combine my passions of environmental science, conservation photography & writing, Spanish, and Latin American Studies into a comprehensive field. Although my Peace Corps stint was over, another beautiful journey was just beginning. The time was ripe to capitalize on my passions, skills, contacts, and newfound love for Paraguay. In 2007 I submitted the Saving San Rafael book proposal to Guyra Paraguay, one of the organizations I had collaborated with as a volunteer. The proposal was accepted and in 2008 the book was published.




One response

25 01 2010

Wow. Thanks Sam! Mighty kind indeed.

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