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NCI Helping to Create Conservation Area around World’s 5th Highest Waterfall
NCI is assisting the Amazonas Regional Government in northeastern Peru to establish a Conservation Area around the impressive Gocta Waterfall that will help protect the vast diversity of endemic flora and fauna in this threatened cloud forest ecosystem. Through an agreement with the regional government, NCI has been working with local communities to raise awareness about the values of this unique area, and is also supporting further studies in an effort to assist in the area’s management. Read more...
 
Protecting Water Resources in the Peruvian Amazon
NCI is actively working in the Peruvian Amazon with a number of other institutions to establish the Tilacancha Private Conservation Area that will help protect vital water resources for the city of Chachapoyas as well as preserve the region’s high biodiversity. As part of the technical process, NCI conducted a number of essential studies analyzing water supply and quality in the area. Additionally, more than 500 surveys were given to determine the residents’ willingness to pay for supply and quality improvements through watershed conservation, with the aim of designing and implementing payment mechanisms for environmental services. Read more...
 
NCI Helping to Empower a New Generation of Environmentalists
In the Piura region of northeastern Peru, NCI’s environmental education department together with the Andean Paramo Project organized an exciting 2-day event – Mountain Ecosystems 2009 – that brought together schoolchildren between the ages of 10 and 12 from eight schools to learn about the importance of the region’s mountain ecosystems. The event included a host of interactive activities designed to teach the children about the region’s uniqueness and the importance of sustainably coexisting with nature. Read more...
 
Sharing Successes within Ecuador’s Biosphere Reserves
NCI, the coordinator of the Ecuadorian Network of Biosphere Reserves, along with the municipal governments of Loja and Zamora and the Ecuadorian Environmental Ministry recently organized an event to share experiences, successes and environmental management practices within Ecuador’s four UNESCO biosphere reserves (Galapagos, Yasuni, Sumaco and Podocarpus-El Condor). The event coincided with the second anniversary of the establishment of the Podocarpus-El Condor Biosphere Reserve, which NCI successfully helped to create. Read more...
 
German Research Foundation Seeks to Expand Relationship with NCI
Impressed by the research taking place at NCI’s San Francisco Scientific Station during a three-day visit to southern Ecuador, the president of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Dr. Ing Matthias Kleiner, is seeking to broaden the foundation’s future relationship with NCI and local universities. The DFG, which has been investigating the megadiverse mountain ecosystems of southern Ecuador at the Scientific Station since 1997, has an annual budget of $3 billion, and its program at the Station is one of the largest research programs of the German Government outside its territory. Read more...
 
NCI Partners with Solana Beach, California to Protect Tropical Forest
NCI and the city of Solana Beach in San Diego County, California have joined forces to preserve areas of tropical deciduous forest in southern Ecuador that have been prioritized for conservation by the Ministry of Environment, and also protect watersheds important to local municipalities. After unanimous approval by the City Council on October 28, 2009, the Solana Beach program seeks to raise $100,000 from area residents and businesses to preserve 2,000 acres of endangered tropical forest – an area equal in size to the city. Read more...
 

 


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