Nature & Culture News
NCI Ranks as Top Conservation Funder for Ecuador
The Ecuadorian government has ranked Nature and Culture International as the leading non-governmental international donor to conservation and sustainable development projects in Ecuador. From 2007 through 2009, NCI invested a total of nearly $4 million to conserve highly threatened ecosystems in the country – more than any other international NGO including Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy and World Wildlife Fund. We would like to thank our donors for their generous support, and in the years to come our long-term programs will continue to bring about great positive changes in this extraordinary region of the world. Read more...
 
NCI Conservation Successes Highlighted at Paris UNESCO Conference
At the UNESCO International Year of Biodiversity Science Policy Conference earlier this year in Paris, NCI, together with the Technical and National Universities of Loja, presented a series of cutting edge scientific findings on biodiversity in southern Ecuador. The studies addressed environmental education, community development, reserve management, and watershed protection, and highlighted the importance of high-quality research for effective conservation programs and policy-making decisions. Read more...
 
Southern Ecuador Water Fund Adds Municipalities and Protects More Forests
FORAGUA, the Southern Ecuador Regional Water Trust Fund spearheaded by NCI, continues to gain momentum as an increasing number of municipalities are seeing the benefits of protecting water resources while simultaneously conserving highly threatened and biodiverse ecosystems. This January, two additional municipalities – Zamora and Chinchipe – joined the water fund, increasing the total number of current members to seven municipalities. These new members will soon begin to charge an environmental tax to all water users, which will be invested in protecting the region’s water resources and in compensating landowners for environmental services. Read more...
 
San Diego Zoo Partners with NCI to Promote Living Forest Carbon Offset Program
NCI and the San Diego Zoo have joined forces to protect 25,000 acres of critically endangered deciduous tropical forest in southwestern Ecuador through the Living Forest Carbon Offset Program. The program not only allows people to donate to protect important tropical forest, but it will also ensure the future provision of ecosystem services including carbon sequestration, clean and abundant water, and biodiversity. The funds will also cover developing a management plan and incorporating local communities to ensure long-term forest protection. Read more...
 
NCI Private Reserve Will Help Solve Land Tenure Conflicts within Podocarpus National Park
NCI, the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment, and local farmers are working together to solve land tenure conflicts within Podocarpus National Park, a protected area with the highest levels of endemism in Ecuador. Small farmers who currently maintain pastures within the park’s boundaries are being encouraged to exchange these properties for land NCI has purchased outside the park, which includes areas of pasture. This would effectively transfer control of the farmers’ current pastureland into the hands of the Ministry of the Environment, who would allow the land to naturally regenerate over time. The NCI land would be given to the farmers free of charge, and is of better quality and closer to the road than their current properties. Read more...
 

 


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