Nature & Culture News July August 2009
Choco ForestNCI Helps to Save Earth’s Wettest Forest
Nature & Culture International is supporting ProAves Foundation of Colombia to purchase key properties crucial to maintaining biodiversity connectivity in the Chocó forest of western Colombia, the world’s wettest forest supporting the single greatest concentration of endemic birds and orchids on the planet. It is also home to the Awá indigenous community that currently occupies a series of disconnected indigenous reserves, which this purchase will help to link. Read more...
 
Creating Economic Incentives for Conservation
NCI is helping the Ecuadorian government to implement its new Socio Bosque or “Forest Partners” program that provides payments to rural communities and farmers to preserve their forested lands. In July, NCI assisted the Cochecorral, Tundurama, and Guambusari communities located in the Podocarpus – El Condor Biosphere Reserve in obtaining economic incentive payments of approximately $28,000 annually for 20 years under this program for the conservation of 3,200 hectares of mountain forests and paramo. Read more...
 
Fish Farms Benefitting People & Nature
In the buffer area of the Cordillera Colan Reserved Zone located in the Amazonas region of northeastern Peru, Nature & Culture International is promoting the construction of small scale native fish farms to improve the health of community members while reducing pressures on the surrounding forests. Once heavily reliant on extractive activities with destructive long-term impacts, these poor rural populations are taking advantage of already degraded areas to construct native fish farms, which provide an excellent protein source for the families that live here. Read more...
 
NCI Working to Protect Unique Palm Forest in Peru
In the Chachapoyas region of the Peruvian Amazon, Nature & Culture International is working with local communities to promote the creation of a private conservation area to preserve a globally unique 25,000 acre palm forest of the genus Ceroxylon. Many palm species in the area have been recently recognized as new to science, and through a full bird and primate inventory currently taking place in conjunction with the Institute for Investigation of the Peruvian Amazon, we are learning even more about this wonderful area. Read more...
 
El Angolo Reserve Celebrates 34th Anniversary
This July, the Coto de Caza El Angolo Reserve, which protects 162,000 acres of endangered tropical deciduous forest, celebrated its 34th anniversary. Nature & Culture International has been working at this reserve in northwestern Peru to improve the conservation of the area and to encourage local communities to use their natural resources in more sustainable ways. The reserve is internationally recognized for its diversity of birds, and its significant biological diversity includes 150 bird, 17 mammal, 13 reptile, and 10 fish species, many of which are restricted to this Tumbesian dry forest ecosystem. Read more...
 
NCI Working to Save Paramos
Nature & Culture International’s paramo conservation program, based in Piura, Peru, has been working to sustainably manage highland areas by building local capacity and developing policies and laws to support conservation and sustainable development practices. The paramos, or highland grasslands, of the Andes protect water resources for a great number of people in the region and are home to a vast variety of species uniquely adapted to the harsh climate of these high altitude zones. Read more...
 

 


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