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NCI Transfers Management of Loja Watershed Properties to Municipality
August 2008

60% of the watershed is now under protection

A loan-for-use agreement was signed in late July between NCI and the Municipality of Loja through which NCI turned over the management of two of its properties located in the El Carmen watershed, the principal water supply source for the city. The total area of the properties is 915 acres. This agreement has a duration of ten years, with the purpose of enabling the Municipality as “Borrower” to develop a number of activities including: conservation and recovery of natural vegetation cover, reforestation with forest species native to the site, protection methods such as wire and live fences, scientific research, monitoring and signage, environmental education, and control of forest fires.

These areas are part of the buffer zone of Podocarpus National Park, and in addition to protecting Loja’s water supply; they conserve the great diversity and endemism of the humid cloud forest. The management of these areas will be accomplished with money raised through a city water tax created for the protection of watersheds and other priority conservation areas in the county of Loja. Thanks to the joint work of the Municipality and NCI, more than 4,500 acres (60% of the area of interest) is under protection.

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