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The Municipality of Loja, Ecuador

The Municipality of Loja, with 175,000 inhabitants, conducts two important collaborative programs with NCI. In one, the city taxes water users to generate significant funds to conserve and manage watershed lands that provide the city's drinking water. NCI makes capital contributions for land purchases in these watersheds, which protects biodiverse cloud forests of the Andean mountains. Loja has also become the first GeoCity in Ecuador under a program of the United Nations Environmental Program through the support of NCI. Thanks to this project, the city of Loja has collected all the environmental information and indicators to become an environmentally sustainable city. This mark of distinction is added to several other international prizes the city has received for its leadership in environmental problems such as waste management and green areas, and in public participation.

For more information see: http://www.municipiodeloja.gov.ec
http://www.unep.org/geo/index.asp


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