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Colambo - Yacuri Conservation & Development Area

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 Podocarpus 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.



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