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Colambo - Yacuri Conservation & Development
Key to ecosystem preservation
and continuity in the region
The 183,000 acre Colambo – Yacuri Conservation
and Development Area was formed in 2002 through the joint efforts
of NCI, farmers’ organizations and municipalities. The area
contains the southern extension of the mountain range that shapes
National Park, and its shrub land deserts and cloud forests are
key to the preservation and continuity of the ecosystems of southern
Ecuador and northern Peru.
The Conservation and Development Area is comprised of a number of
natural areas, the largest being 44,500 acres of mixed shrub land
deserts and cloud forests in the Espindola region. This area is
the direct source of drinking water for a nearby population of 16,000
people, and is crucial to protect.
A number of projects have been executed in the area by NCI including
the improvement of community management of the ecosystems and the
development of local productive systems such as with the toronche,
a fruit native to the region.
Learn more about our work in the Andean Cloud
Forests of Ecuador: