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Work Initiated to Declare New UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
May/June 2009

An extensive series of glacial lakes are a key water source

In mid-June, an NCI team visited a number of cloud forest and paramo regions in the central Andean provinces of Azuay and Cañar in Ecuador to begin the process of declaring the new UNESCO Cajas Biosphere Reserve and to support conservation initiatives in the southern part of the Sangay National Park. These highly biodiverse cloud forest and paramo ecosystems contain an extensive series of glacial lakes and are the key water source for Ecuador’s largest hydroelectric project, producing over half the electricity consumed by the country. The NCI visit was prompted by an invitation from the Cajas National Park and the Tropical Cordillera Foundation. Through close collaboration with local stakeholders, NCI staff will now begin compiling the necessary documents to submit to UNESCO for approval.

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