Forests and Moors of Ayabaca deliver 4,400 Liters of Water per second
According to Natura and Culture (NCI), the humid forests and moors of Ayabaca deliver 4,400 liters of water per second to the Quiroz basin.
With this amount of water 6,700 bottles of water could be filled. During the past 5 years, the Initiative on Hydrological Monitoring in Andean Ecosystems (IMHEA) collected information on the hydrology of the high mountain ecosystems of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
They found out that the flows in the forests and moors of Ayabaca are lasting and persist even in the dry periods. The interaction of vegetation and soil can be compared to a huge sponge that absorbs water and lets it out slowly afterwards.
In total, 110,000 hectares belong to the high mountain being the name for these ecosystems.