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Conservation of the Angashcola Forest

Community-managed forests protect ecosystems and sustain livelihoods

The 3,500 acre Angashcola Communal Forest Reserve was formed by the Cochecorral Community of southern Ecuador with the assistance of Nature & Culture International. Through an effective process of social organization, the community maintains the reserve in an effort to protect its water supply and to benefit from the proper management of forest products.

NCI started working with the Cochercorral Community in 2002 assisting in the legalization of community territory (the community did not secure legal possession for over 70 years), participative regulation as to appropriate land use in the area, and zoning concerns. At the same time, the community’s farmers were trained to manage the reserve and to set up agroforestry systems in certain areas using species of wild native fruits like the toronche or Andean papaya. A small rural company dedicated to the commercialization and processing of native fruits has since gained a notable presence in the local market.

The production and commercialization of native fruits has also motivated the local Association of Organic Coffee Producers, Procafeq (300 producers), and they have also initiated the production of native fruits, particularly toronche and cherimoya, on their properties.




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