Conservationists climb into the rainforest canopy to install listening devices, which alert rangers to chainsaws and logging trucks.
Topher White sits atop a tarp covering a mass of red mud, ignoring the copious angry welts covering his arms. “They look worse than they are,” he grins, ambivalent to the rapacious dive-bombing swarm of tropical insects. Here in the middle of an Ecuadorian rainforest, White is entrenched in his own battle plans.
“We’re here trying to fight back against the loggers,” explains White, CEO of the Rainforest Connection (RFCx), a conservation non-governmental organization (NGO).