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Rare Ivory Palm Forests Protected
April 2009

Populations of howler monkeys can still be found here

As part of our watershed conservation program, we have successfully influenced the Municipality of Puyango in southern Ecuador to declare the rare and highly threatened Tagua, or ivory palm, forests in the area as a municipal reserve. These forests are a small remnant of the forests that at one time covered the western Andean slopes. Populations of howler monkeys can still be found here, as well as the southernmost distribution of some species of birds known as Chocó. Landowners in the region took great interest in the reserve declaration after the municipality posed a number of incentives to them such as reduced taxes and property protection. Currently we are working on zoning the reserve area and creating a management plan, and we hope to encourage additional landowners to take part in the municipal declaration.

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