Jambue Private Reserve Creates Unique Ecological Corridor
NCI recently purchased over 2,200 acres within the watershed of the Jambue River in a spectacular section of cloud forest on the outskirts of Podocarpus National Park. The acquisition creates a one-of-a-kind ecological corridor connecting the Andean and sub-Andean paramo, cloud forest, and tropical humid forest ecosystems. Constituting the highest degree of endemism in plants in all of Ecuador, this region also boasts the greatest numbers of new species registrations over the past two decades in all of the neotropics. Read more...
 
Second Cazaderos Purchase Protects Critical Tropical Forest
NCI has purchased an additional 2,700 acres in the Cazaderos section of southwestern Ecuador in an unspoiled section of tropical deciduous forest – a highly endangered ecosystem type of which only 5% currently remains. The acquisition is located in the largest continuous block of tropical deciduous forest in the region, and forms a critical forest corridor between NCI’s La Ceiba Reserve and the Biosphere Reserve of Northwestern Peru. This purchase adds to a 2,300 acre property that NCI acquired in the Cazaderos region earlier this year. Read more...
 
One Million Acre Conservation Area Recognized in Peruvian Amazon
With the assistance of NCI’s Loreto, Peru office, the 1 million acre Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Regional Conservation Area (RCA) located in a pristine section of the Peruvian Amazon has finally been recognized by the national government and signed into law by Peruvian President Alan Garcia. The region, which is about the size of Glacier National Park, is known to have the greatest diversity of flora and fauna in the world. The creation of the RCA was supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with the help of a number of NGO’s and local communities.Read more...
 
Work Initiated to Declare New UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
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. Read more...
 
Traditional Foods Festival a Showcase of Agro-Biodiversity
The first Traditional Foods & Seeds Festival organized by NCI and local partners was held outside the city of Catacocha in southern Ecuador with the aim of providing a forum for farmers, housewives, and associations to exchange seeds and recipes and to promote the rich diversity of wholesome ingredients grown in the region. In a world where monocultures are becoming ever more omnipresent, the promotion of agro-biodiversity through events such as these is a crucial step in the preservation of traditional food varieties that have been passed down from generation to generation. Read more...
 
US Institutions Forming Partnerships with NCI
Through the formation of partnerships with several US institutions and organizations, NCI will be able to expand research activities in its private reserves. During a recent visit by staff members from the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research, the researchers took note of the great importance of NCI’s recent conservation purchases in the tropical deciduous forests of southwestern Ecuador and are planning on beginning a research program within the private reserve to study the flora and fauna of this highly threatened ecosystem. Read more...
 

 


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