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Saving the Upper Amazon Rainforests of Ecuador

Potentially the richest flora of any similarly sized area in the Neotropics

The Upper Amazon region of Ecuador contains over 50,000 square miles of spectacular tropical humid forests with great biological diversity and species unique to the region. Because of southern Ecuador’s distinct geography, the area contains a mix of Amazonian species, Andean species, and unique species from the sub-Andean mountain ranges of the Kutukú and the Cóndor. A number of scientists believe that the Upper Amazon region of southern Ecuador potentially has the richest flora of any similarly sized area in all of the Neotropics, and it almost certainly has one of the highest concentrations of as yet unidentified vascular plants on Earth.

The region is home to over half a million people of indigenous and racially-mixed cultures, who possess a unique knowledge of the local forests and resources, and have maintained a number of ancestral practices.

In the Upper Amazon region, we have focused our efforts on the ecosystems linking the Podocarpus National Park and the Cóndor Mountain Range. We are working together with indigenous Shuar communities in Yacuambi assisting with initiatives to legalize their ancestral territories and efficiently manage their natural resources. We have also purchased several areas in the buffer zone of the park, such as the Rio Nea property, to create municipal and private reserves that increase ecosystem connectivity.

NCI also has a branch office in the Amazon city of Zamora, which promotes education on matters of urban environmental management.



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