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Learn more about our efforts to conserve the extraordinary biological and cultural diversity of Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and Mexico. These stories are just some examples of the work that takes place every day to help save untouched Amazon rainforests, unique and threatened coastal dry forests, the lush cloud forests of the Andes, and a host of indigenous communities and local cultures.

August 2011
New Regional Conservation Area Protects 69,000 Acres
After more than two years of on the ground efforts by NCI and its partners, in conjunction with the Piura Regional Governtment, the Peruvian Natural Protected Area Service (SERNANP) announced the designation of the Salitral-Huarmaca Regional Conservation Area, which protects more than 69,000 acres of endangered foothill dry forest in northwestern Peru. Read more...

July 2011
Racing to Conserve a Vanishing Rainforest in Guatemala
NCI and our partners are working to protect 5,436 acres of highly-threatened foothill rainforest in the Sierra Caral, an unparalleled center of endemism for amphibians, reptiles, and insects in Caribbean Guatemala. This ecosystem is threatened by deforestation, illegal cross-border logging activities and expanding cattle ranching. Read more...

May 2011
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...

May 2011
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...

May 2011
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...

May 2011
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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