Nature & Culture News
NCI Local Partner FUNACE Conserves 10,000 Acres of Endangered Forest
NCI’s Ecuadorian partner organization, FUNACE (The Nature and Culture Ecuador Foundation), has purchased a total of nearly 10,000 acres to form the Cazaderos Natural Reserve in southwestern Ecuador. The reserve protects the most pristine Tumbesian dry forest in Ecuador, and forms a critical corridor between the La Ceiba Reserve, nearby community reserves, and the Biosphere Reserve of Northwestern Peru. This connectivity is important for the survival of endemic flora and fauna that live in this isolated and small area, which are currently threatened due to production of biofuels and other degradation activities. Read more...
 
Natura and NCI Join Forces to Conserve 7,500 Acres in Southwestern Ecuador
This March, NCI signed an agreement with Brazilian cosmetics company Natura, to support the southwestern Ecuador communities of Malvas, Chaquiro, Totumos and Limones in the management of approximately 7,500 acres of threatened dry forest in Zapotillo County. The resources provided by Natura will help the local community to define the boundaries of the areas to be declared a reserve, in addition to assisting in the creation of a set of regulations for the use of the space and its resources. Read more...
 
NCI Helping to Save Peruvian Paramos
During the last several months, NCI has made significant progress in helping to protect Peru’s paramos – unique alpine grassland ecosystems boasting unusually high numbers of endemic species. Due to the high altitude of paramos, species in this ecosystem have had to adapt to low atmospheric pressure, intense ultraviolet radiation, and the drying effects of Andean winds. NCI has submitted the necessary technical documents for the recognition of the new Samanga 3,700 acre Private/Communal Conservation Area, which will protect 2,200 acres of forests and 1,500 acres of paramos. Read more...
 
Native Amazon Fish Farms Increase Nutrition, Employment, and Sustainable Income
For over a year, NCI has been promoting the construction of small scale native fish farms to improve the health of community members while reducing pressures on the surrounding forests in the buffer area of the Cordillera Colan Reserved Zone located in the Amazonas region of northeastern Peru. Once heavily reliant on extractive activities with destructive long-term impacts, these 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 and Regional Government of Loreto, Peru Sign 5-Year Cooperation Agreement
In a sign of long-term sustainability, NCI and the Peruvian Program for Conservation, Management and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in the Region of Loreto (PROCREL) have moved to a new building inside the Regional Government of Loreto (GOREL) complex and have signed a 5-year cooperation agreement. One of NCI’s most successful programs, PROCREL 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 (RCAs). Read more...
 

 


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