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In Memoriam Bolívar Tello – An Inspiration to All of Us

This June, Nature & Culture International was saddened by the loss of our great friend and colleague, Bolívar Tello. Bolívar was a core part of a committed group of friends that initiated the environmental movement in southern Ecuador back in the 1980s. He was one of the founding members of NCI and was a key player in its success, growth and its impact on southern Ecuador. Bolívar succeeded where many others had not, by establishing protected areas for conservation while improving the livelihoods of local people in the region. He was a highly skilled professional, respected by local staff and admired by community members for his love of life, people and the responsibility he assumed for both his family and his work. Read more...

 
Legal Timber Fetches Five Times Market Price
For many years illegal logging was identified as one of the principal challenges for better management of Amazonian forests, yet for many communities it was the most important income source. With the help of one of NCI’s most successful programs, PROCREL (the Peruvian Program for Conservation, Management and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in the Region of Loreto), the Peruvian community of Atalaya in the Chambira River Valley now has a sustainable forestry permit that allows them to sustainably harvest timber from part of their communal land. PROCREL provided the community with the initial capital to develop and execute a management plan, and now the legal timber fetches nearly five times market price in the nearby city of Iquitos. Read more...
 
$1.5 million in Public Funds to Support Innovative Conservation and Bioknowledge Program
After several months of work with government agencies and local universities, NCI, together with the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment, has formally submitted a proposal to the Ecuadorian government to secure $1.5 million in public funds for the first three-year phase (2011 – 2013) of an innovative new program, “Conservation of ecosystems, generation of bioknowledge and development of industry based on environmental goods and services.” The program suggests a shift in focus towards a new model of internal development that will involve the diversification of goods, markets and services as part of a plan to turn the country into an authority on biological knowledge and tourism services, as well as to ensure a balanced dynamic between society, State and market, in harmony with nature. Read more...
 
NCI Collaborates to Create Peru’s First Private Watershed Conservation Area
After three years of collaborative work between the Provincial Municipality of Chachapoyas, the Institute for Investigation of the Peruvian Amazon, NCI, the Peruvian Association for the Conservation of Nature, the water company EMUSAP SRL, and leaders of the rural communities of Maino and Levanto, the 17,000 Tilacancha Private Conservation Area (PCA) has been created, which protects the water source for the city of Chachapoyas, the capital of Peru’s Amazonas Region. The conservation area, located within the rural communities of Maino and Levanto, is the first PCA in Peru with the explicit objective of conserving a watershed. Read more...
 
NCI Cazaderos Natural Reserve Gains 4,460 Protected Acres
NCI’s Ecuadorian partner organization, FUNACE (The Nature & Culture Ecuador Foundation), has recently purchased an additional 4,460 acres in southwestern Ecuador as part of its Cazaderos Natural Reserve, helping to protect a pristine and endangered area of Tumbesian dry forest. The reserve now totals nearly 13,300 acres 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...
 

 


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