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The United Nations Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO)

The United Nations Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) declared 2.6 million acres of Andean and Amazon forests of southern Ecuador as the Podocarpus - El Condor Biosphere Reserve, based upon an initiative of NCI and the support of the Ecuadorian State (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Defense), local Governments (two provincial and ten municipalities) and more than twenty public and private organizations in the provinces of Loja and Zamora. This area is one of the most biodiverse in the world, with more than 800 bird species and 5,000 plant species, with high endemism. It also shelters two ancient cultures (Shuar and Saraguro) along with the two main cities of southern Ecuador. The Reserve also provides around 1,000 m3/sec of water for 2 million people in southern Ecuador and northern Peru.

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