Nature & Culture News
NCI and Municipality of Loja Join Forces to Protect Threatened Watershed
Working together with the Municipality of Loja in southern Ecuador, NCI has purchased approximately 1000 acres of mountain cloud forest just north of the city of Loja in the watershed of Shucos. This watershed, produces 25% of the water for human consumption in the city of Loja, and despite the serious impacts of agriculture, livestock, timber and charcoal production in surrounding areas, Shucos is still covered in lush forests with high biodiversity and endemism. With an investment of $100,450 (average $115/acre) we have been able to acquire 64% of the area, ensuring the conservation of this environmental service for the long term. Read more...
 
NCI Supports Process for Declaration of 325,000 Acres of Conservation Areas in NW Peru
Commissioned by the Regional Governments of Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque in northwestern Peru, and with financial support from the KfW Bankengruppe of Germany, NCI staff have prepared and submitted a series of technical documents with the goal of declaring five new Regional Conservation Areas (RCA’s) in northwestern Peru. These areas would preserve over 325,000 acres of priority sites for conservation in Peru’s unique Tumbesian region, and the Peruvian Environmental Ministry is expected to approve the creation of all five areas later this year. Read more...
 
New Executive Director Strengthens Long Term Sustainability of PROCREL Conservation Program in Peruvian Amazon
One of NCI’s most successful programs has been the ambitious Program for the Conservation, Management, and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in the Region of Loreto (PROCREL) that works to conserve the extraordinary biodiversity of Loreto – Peru’s largest department with 92 million acres of Amazon forest. The program has already helped to protect nearly 4.5 million acres of pristine forest in three newly declared Regional Conservation Areas, and has also helped to improve the livelihood of the local people by developing a number of sustainable income generation programs. One of the objectives of our work has been to transfer capacity to the Regional Government headed by President Yvan Vasquez. Recently, the program achieved a milestone in this regard, with the first Executive Director hired by the government – Cristina Lopez Wong – who most recently worked with NCI as part of the PROCREL support team. Read more...
 
NCI Helping to Promote Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Goods & Services Industry in Ecuador
With over a decade of experience in environmental conservation and sustainable development, NCI is helping to convert Ecuador into a leading exporter of environmental goods and services through the promotion of a regional and national training program sponsored by Ecuador’s National Secretary of Planning and Development. The program, “Conservation of ecosystems, generation of bio-knowledge, and development of industry based on environmental goods and services,” suggests a shift in focus towards a new model of internal development. Read more...
 
NCI and RARE Inspiring Southern Ecuador Communities to Conserve Natural Resources
NCI is building a relationship with US-based conservation NGO, RARE, that will help inspire small community members in southern Ecuador to take pride in the natural assets that make their communities unique, offering them viable means to protect these assets. Rare is supporting the deployment of a Pride campaign in southern Ecuador, which is Rare’s methodology for changing attitudes and behaviors in an effort to protect natural resources. A major goal of the project is to conserve the 12,000 acre San Andres watershed to protect the water supply and water quality in the region. Read more...
 
NCI Works to Educate Peruvian Children About Bird Conservation During World Bird Month
As part of World Bird Month festivities in northern Peru, NCI worked with 18 schools to teach the importance of bird conservation and habitat protection through a number of creative and artistic expression activities. Activities in coastal communities included mural painting, flying kites in the shapes of marine birds common to the area, and a series of art projects to learn about the threats seabirds face such as garbage dumping and oil spills. Read more...
 

 


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