Tropical forest products such as chinchona (the natural base for quinine), first entered the European pharmacopoeia through Loja.
Loja is famed for its musicians and has one of the few musical academies in the country, musical evenings and concerts are often held around the town.
On the Loja province is the Podocarpus National Park which is rich in birdlife and many rarities and some newly discovered species; there could be up to 800 species inside the park. It also includes one of the last major habitats for the spectacled bear.
Loja, the third ecologic city in the world (Shenzhen -China)
Nations in Bloom International Award
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AWARD
Community involvement should demonstrate the extent of how a community as a whole supports and protects its environment. This last few days, communities have show great achievements to better their environment. However, one community surpassed the others by participating in activities, providing labour, expertise and materials that makes a difference. During a presentation somebody said:
“Poverty is not excuse to look after the environment.”
A statement that should become everyone’s motto. I am please to announce that the city of Loja, Ecuador is receiving an honorary mention for Community Involvement.