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Solana Beach to Protect Tropical Forest
February 2009

If we don't act to save this forest, within a few years it will be gone

NCI and the city of Solana Beach, California have joined forces to preserve a pristine area of tropical forest in southern Ecuador, focusing on areas of priority determined by the Ministry of Environment, and watersheds important to municipalities. After unanimous approval by the City Council on February 11th, the Solana Beach program allows residents and businesses to contribute to this program to conserve endangered forest – which will also sequester and reduce greenhouse gases. One of the causes of the pressure on these forests is the US policy on biofuels, which has dramatically raised the price of corn with consequent deforestation and negative climate consequences. Believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, this municipal program will support NCI’s work with local communities to conserve the vanishing tropical deciduous forest in Southwestern Ecuador. Logging and corn-based ethanol continue to threaten what little remains of this type of forest in Ecuador, of which less than 5 percent remain. According to Ivan Gayler, Founder of NCI, "If we don't act to save this forest, within a few years it will be gone.”

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