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Regional Protected Areas in Peru to Conserve Millions of Acres of Diverse Ecosystems

Together with a host of local governmental and nongovernmental organizations, NCI is supporting the effort to create a number of regional protected areas in northern Peru that will help protect millions of acres of ecosystems – from rich Amazon rainforests and Andean páramos, to coastal deciduous forests and offshore islands. Read more...

 
Ecuadorian Government Backs Process to Create Cajas Biosphere Reserve
NCI’s new office in Azuay province is helping to guide the process for the declaration of Ecuador’s fifth UNESCO biosphere reserve, which would be the first located in the extremely threatened western foothills of the Andes. National support for this initiative was officially achieved last month through the signing of an agreement driven by NCI by a number of Ecuadorian agencies including the Ministry of Environment, the Secretariat of National Planning, the Provincial Government of Azuay, the Municipality of Cuenca, the Water Supply Company of Cuenca, GIZ and NCI, which is committed to providing institutional support, as well as the technical and political support leading up to the official declaration by UNESCO. Read more...
 
Conserving the Ecuadorian Amazon
NCI’s Andes-Amazon Program in Ecuador has been prioritizing conservation efforts in the tropical forests of the Nangaritza Valley due to their strategic importance as a biological corridor connecting Andean ecosystems and the highly biodiverse Cordillera del Condor mountain range to the east. Increasing conservation efforts here will also help to ensure the integrity of Shuar indigenous territories in the region. The area’s ecosystems are threatened by the construction of a new road, facilitating rapid colonization of the area. Read more...
 
Thirty-two New Plant Species Discovered at NCI’s San Francisco Scientific Station
Over the last five years, 32 new plant species have been discovered at NCI’s San Francisco Scientific Station – an impressive number according to David Neill, coauthor of a new book cataloguing Ecuador’s diversity in plant species and former curator of the Missouri Botanical Garden. This includes species new to science as well as “new country records” for Ecuador (i.e. species known previously from Peru, Colombia or other countries and recently identified from specimens collected in Ecuador). Many of these 32 species are not known to occur anywhere else in the world. These new discoveries demonstrate the great conservation value of the San Francisco Scientific Station as well as the ongoing cutting-edge research there. Read more...
 

 


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