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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.
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...
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...
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...
Rio Nea – Protecting Watersheds and Biodiversity through the Expansion of a Municipal Reserve Through funding support from the World Land Trust and the Municipality of Zamora, we have purchased a well-preserved 700 acre property in the Rio Nea area of Zamora County, in order to enlarge a key municipal reserve that protects a highly biodiverse buffer zone of the Podocarpus National Park. The property’s unique cloud forest ecosystems in the Upper Amazon basin include the headwaters of the Nea River, which is the source of water for 10,000 people in the city of Zamora and surrounding towns. Read more...
Partnerships with Rotary Clubs and San Diego Zoo to Aid Conservation Efforts and Local Communities Through the support of the Rotary Club of Loja, the Del Mar Rotary Club, the Del Mar-Solana Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, and the Zoological Society of San Diego, NCI will expand conservation, ecological research, and preventative community health efforts in and around its 19,100 acre Cazaderos Reserve in southwestern Ecuador. The reserve protects some of the best preserved tropical deciduous forest in Ecuador, a unique ecosystem which has already lost over 95% of its original extent. Read more...
Youth Eco Clubs Promote Conservation Efforts Inspired by the work of other youth eco-clubs, NCI staff and local high school students in Zapotillo, Ecuador created the ecologically-themed youth group Eco Amigos in December of 2009. After observing poor solid waste management practices in the region, students wanted to know what actions could be taken to improve this system and to care for the environment in general. With NCI’s guidance, the group wrote a constitution, elected officers and under the name Eco Amigos began small projects to increase local environmental awareness. Since the club’s establishment, students have carried out community cleanups, the painting of ecological murals, the installation of garbage cans in the community and ecologically-themed cultural events. Read more...
Conserving Andean Forests and Paramos to Conserve Northwestern Peru’s Water Supply The conservation of highland mountain tropical forests and paramo grasslands in the Piura region of northwestern Peru is critically important to a reliable water supply for the region’s inhabitants and to preserve lower elevation ecosystems such as wetlands and mangroves, dependent on these water resources. Ecosystems are currently imperiled by diminishing flows of fresh water from the Andes caused by deforestation, and in November the city of Piura declared a water emergency for the city, due to low levels of water in its reservoirs. Read more...
Water Fund to Receive US$500,000 for Reforestation Thanks to a cooperation agreement with the Ecuadorian National Secretariat of Water, SENAGUA, the Southern Ecuador Water Trust Fund, FORAGUA, which was spearheaded by NCI, will receive close to US$500,000 to be invested in reforestation and restoration of native vegetation on 2,500 acres critical to the protection of water resources for several regional cities including Alamor, Celica, Loja, Macara, Pindal, and Zumba. Read more...
NCI and RARE Inspiring Southern Ecuador Communities to Conserve Natural Resources NCI and US-based conservation NGO, RARE are collaborating to inspire southern Ecuadorian communities to conserve their natural resources. RARE has been working for decades to raise environmental awareness and inspire conservation using its “Pride Campaign” methodology that helps to inspire small community members to take pride in the natural assets that make their communities unique, offering them viable means to protect these assets. Read more...
NCI and World Land Trust Form Conservation Partnership Through a recently formed partnership between NCI and UK-based World Land Trust, NCI will receive funding support for additional land purchases and management of existing properties. Land will be purchased in some of the most highly threatened ecosystems of southern Ecuador, home to a host of unique plant and animal species. Read more...
Repeating Conservation Successes in the Peruvian Amazon Following the great success of the Regional System of Conservation Areas program in the Loreto region of Peru (PROCREL), which has already conserved nearly 4.5 million acres of Amazon rainforest, NCI and the Institute for Investigation of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP) together with local communities and governments are helping to repeat these conservation achievements in the Ucayali region of Peru. Read more...
Music for Conservation in the Piura Region NCI’s Piura, Peru office and the Piura Symphony Orchestra have presented a special public musical event to highlight the extraordinary ecosystems in northern Peru’s Piura region. The first of five such events, this concert was organized as part of NCI Piura’s educational program to provide information to the public about the importance of protecting Piura’s uniquely diverse and vulnerable forests and waterways. Read more...
Regulations Enacted to Protect Amazon Watersheds in Face of Emergency In the face of the worst drought recorded in the Amazon River basin in over 100 years, the Regional Government of Loreto is implementing actions to protect 18 million acres of fragile headwater basins that are the lifeblood of the rainforest and its people. The government approved an ordinance to protect these headwaters in 2009, assisted by the government office of PROCREL (Program for Conservation, Management, and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in Loreto) that NCI helps to manage.Read more...
NCI Expands Conservation Work to Cuenca Region NCI is expanding its activities to the city of Cuenca and the province of Azuay to increase its support for the conservation of biodiversity, culture and environmental services in southern Ecuador. Vast forests still survive in this region, with abundant biodiversity and high endemism.The initiative has begun with an agreement between NCI and Cuenca’s water supply company, which for the past 11 years has successfully managed the Cajas National Park to provide valuable environmental services, particularly for drinking water.Read
NCI Promotes Project to Replace Corn with Shade Grown Coffee With funding support from the Belgian Forestry Fund, NCI and the Municipality of Pindal, Ecuador have signed a collaboration agreement for the implementation of a pilot project to convert cornfields into shade grown coffee plantations in the Papalango watershed, the main water source for the municipality. The project has been in development since last year and has already been successful with landowners, many of whom had suffered economic losses after destroying their old coffee plants to plant corn due to a temporary spike in corn prices resulting from international demand for biofuels. Read
New Photos Reveal the Beauty of the Amazonas Region of Peru The Amazonas Region of Peru is an area of striking beauty and contrasting landscapes. Here, NCI is working together with local governments and organizations to carry out a number of projects such as the creation of a regional system of conservation areas, the creation of the 17,000 acre Tilacancha Private Conservation Area, which protects the water source for the city of Chachapoyas, the promotion of native Amazon fish farms to increase nutrition, employment, and sustainable income and the creation of a private conservation area to protect a globally unique 25,000 acre palm forest. Read more or View the Photos by professional photographer, Alexander (Sasha) Vasiljev.
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. 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. Read
$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 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... Read
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
NCI Supports Process for Declaration of 325,000 Acres of Conservation Areas in NW Peru Commissioned by the Regional Governments of Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque in northwestern Peru, and with financial support from the KfW Bankengruppe of Germany, NCI staff have prepared and submitted a series of technical documents with the goal of declaring five new Regional Conservation Areas (RCA’s) in northwestern Peru. These areas would preserve over 325,000 acres of priority sites for conservation in Peru’s unique Tumbesian region, and the Peruvian Environmental Ministry is expected to approve the creation of all five areas later this year. Read
New Executive Director Strengthens Long Term Sustainability of PROCREL Conservation Program in Peruvian Amazon One of NCI’s most successful programs has been the ambitious Program for the Conservation, Management, and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in the Region of Loreto (PROCREL) that 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, and has also helped to improve the livelihood of the local people by developing a number of sustainable income generation programs. Read
NCI Helping to Promote Biodiversity Conservation and Environmental Goods & Services Industry in Ecuador With over a decade of experience in environmental conservation and sustainable development, NCI is helping to convert Ecuador into a leading exporter of environmental goods and services through the promotion of a regional and national training program sponsored by Ecuador’s National Secretary of Planning and Development. The program, “Conservation of ecosystems, generation of bio-knowledge, and development of industry based on environmental goods and services,” suggests a shift in focus towards a new model of internal development. Read
NCI and RARE Inspiring Southern Ecuador Communities to Conserve Natural Resources NCI is building a relationship with US-based conservation NGO, RARE, that will help inspire small community members in southern Ecuador to take pride in the natural assets that make their communities unique, offering them viable means to protect these assets. Rare is supporting the deployment of a Pride campaign in southern Ecuador, which is Rare’s methodology for changing attitudes and behaviors in an effort to protect natural resources. A major goal of the project is to conserve the 12,000 acre San Andres watershed to protect the water supply and water quality in the region. Read
NCI Works to Educate Peruvian Children About Bird Conservation During World Bird Month As part of World Bird Month festivities in northern Peru, NCI worked with 18 schools to teach the importance of bird conservation and habitat protection through a number of creative and artistic expression activities. Activities in coastal communities included mural painting, flying kites in the shapes of marine birds common to the area, and a series of art projects to learn about the threats seabirds face such as garbage dumping and oil spills. Read
Protecting Water Resources in the Peruvian Amazon NCI is actively working in the Peruvian Amazon with a number of other institutions to establish the Tilacancha Private Conservation Area that will help protect vital water resources for the city of Chachapoyas as well as preserve the region’s high biodiversity. Read
NCI Helping to Empower a New Generation of Environmentalists In the Piura region of northeastern Peru, NCI’s environmental education department together with the Andean Paramo Project organized an exciting 2-day event – Mountain Ecosystems 2009 – that brought together schoolchildren between the ages of 10 and 12 from eight schools to learn about the importance of the region’s mountain ecosystems. Read
Sharing Successes within Ecuador’s Biosphere Reserves NCI, the coordinator of the Ecuadorian Network of Biosphere Reserves, along with the municipal governments of Loja and Zamora and the Ecuadorian Environmental Ministry recently organized an event to share experiences, successes and environmental management practices within Ecuador’s four UNESCO biosphere reserves (Galapagos, Yasuni, Sumaco and Podocarpus-El Condor). Read
German Research Foundation Seeks to Expand Relationship with NCI Impressed by the research taking place at NCI’s San Francisco Scientific Station during a three-day visit to southern Ecuador, the president of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Dr. Ing Matthias Kleiner, is seeking to broaden the foundation’s future relationship with NCI and local universities. The DFG, which has been investigating the megadiverse mountain ecosystems of southern Ecuador at the Scientific Station since 1997, has an annual budget of $3 billion, and its program at the Station is one of the largest research programs of the German Government outside its territory. Read
NCI Partners with Solana Beach, California to Protect Tropical Forest Impressed by the research taking place at NCI’s San Francisco Scientific Station during a three-day visit to southern Ecuador, the president of the German Research Foundation (DFG), Dr. Ing Matthias Kleiner, is seeking to broaden the foundation’s future relationship with NCI. The DFG, which has been investigating the megadiverse mountain ecosystems of southern Ecuador at the Scientific Station since 1997, has an annual budget of $3 billion, and its program at the Station is one of the largest research programs of the German Government outside its territory. Read
NCI Helps to Save Earth’s Wettest Forest Nature & Culture International is supporting ProAves Foundation of Colombia to purchase key properties crucial to maintaining biodiversity connectivity in the Chocó forest of western Colombia, the world’s wettest forest supporting the single greatest concentration of endemic birds and orchids on the planet. It is also home to the Awá indigenous community that currently occupies a series of disconnected indigenous reserves, which this purchase will help to link.
Creating Economic Incentives for Conservation NCI is helping the Ecuadorian government to implement its new Socio Bosque or “Forest Partners” program that provides payments to rural communities and farmers to preserve their forested lands. In July, NCI assisted the Cochecorral, Tundurama, and Guambusari communities located in the Podocarpus – El Condor Biosphere Reserve in obtaining economic incentive payments of approximately $28,000 annually for 20 years under this program for the conservation of 3,200 hectares of mountain forests and paramo.
Fish Farms Benefitting People & Nature In the buffer area of the Cordillera Colan Reserved Zone located in the Amazonas region of northeastern Peru, Nature & Culture International is promoting the construction of small scale native fish farms to improve the health of community members while reducing pressures on the surrounding forests. Once heavily reliant on extractive activities with destructive long-term impacts, these poor 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.
NCI Working to Protect Unique Palm Forest in Peru In the Chachapoyas region of the Peruvian Amazon, Nature & Culture International is working with local communities to promote the creation of a private conservation area to preserve a globally unique 25,000 acre palm forest of the genus Ceroxylon. Many palm species in the area have been recently recognized as new to science, and through a full bird and primate inventory currently taking place in conjunction with the Institute for Investigation of the Peruvian Amazon, we are learning even more about this wonderful area.
El Angolo Reserve Celebrates 34th Anniversary This July, the Coto de Caza El Angolo Reserve, which protects 162,000 acres of endangered tropical deciduous forest, celebrated its 34th anniversary. Nature & Culture International has been working at this reserve in northwestern Peru to improve the conservation of the area and to encourage local communities to use their natural resources in more sustainable ways. The reserve is internationally recognized for its diversity of birds, and its significant biological diversity includes 150 bird, 17 mammal, 13 reptile, and 10 fish species, many of which are restricted to this Tumbesian dry forest ecosystem.
NCI Working to Save Paramos Nature & Culture International’s paramo conservation program, based in Piura, Peru, has been working to sustainably manage highland areas by building local capacity and developing policies and laws to support conservation and sustainable development practices. The paramos, or highland grasslands, of the Andes protect water resources for a great number of people in the region and are home to a vast variety of species uniquely adapted to the harsh climate of these high altitude zones.
Private Reserves Creates Unique Ecological Corridor NCI recently purchased over 2,200
acres within the watershed of the Jambue River in a spectacular
section of cloud forest on the outskirts of Podocarpus National
Park. The acquisition creates a one-of-a-kind ecological corridor
connecting the Andean and sub-Andean paramo, cloud forest, and
tropical humid forest ecosystems.
Cazaderos Purchase Protects Critical Tropical Forest NCI has purchased an additional
2,700 acres in the Cazaderos section of southwestern Ecuador
in an unspoiled section of tropical deciduous forest –
a highly endangered ecosystem type of which only 5% currently
remains. The acquisition is located in the largest continuous
block of tropical deciduous forest in the region, and forms
a critical forest corridor between NCI’s La Ceiba Reserve
and the Biosphere Reserve of Northwestern Peru.
Million Acre Conservation Area Recognized in Peruvian Amazon With the assistance of NCI’s Loreto, Peru office, the 1 million acre Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Regional Conservation Area (RCA) located in a pristine section of the Peruvian Amazon has finally been recognized by the national government and signed into law by Peruvian President Alan Garcia.
Initiated to Declare New UNESCO Biosphere Reserve In mid-June, an NCI team visited
a number of cloud forest and paramo regions in the central Andean
provinces of Azuay and Cañar in Ecuador to begin the
process of declaring the new UNESCO Cajas Biosphere Reserve
and to support conservation initiatives in the southern part
of the Sangay National Park.
Foods Festival a Showcase of Agro-Biodiversity The first Traditional Foods &
Seeds Festival organized by NCI and local partners was held
outside the city of Catacocha in southern Ecuador with the aim
of providing a forum for farmers, housewives, and associations
to exchange seeds and recipes and to promote the rich diversity
of wholesome ingredients grown in the region.
Water Fund Nearly Finalized NCI’s
Ecuador office has been busy finalizing the documents to create
a Regional Water Fund that would manage watershed conservation
programs for a three-province region.
Ivory Palm Forests Protected We
have successfully influenced the Municipality of Puyango in
southern Ecuador to declare the rare and highly threatened
Tagua, or ivory palm, forests in the area as a municipal reserve.
Populations of howler monkeys can still be found here.
Species Rich Cloud Forests We
have sent a detailed proposal to the Municipality of Loja
to assume management of 30,0000 hectares of the Romerillos
tract that is owned by the municipality and borders Podocarpus
National Park, but that is not actively managed. This would
result in conservation of a wonderful cloud forest that is
Grown Coffee to Replace Corn The
Flemish Fund for Tropical Forests will finance a two-year
project in the Tumbesian dry forests of Ecuador that encourages
farmers to plant shade-grown coffee and tara as a long-term
sustainable income alternative that will conserve forests
and sequester carbon dioxide.
and Protected Conservation Areas in Peru The
NCI team in Loreto, Peru has been working to create the new
Maijunas Regional Conservation Area, which would become part
of an ambitious program to help conserve the extraordinary
biodiversity of Loreto, Peru’s largest department with
92 million acres of Amazon forest, many of which remain untouched.
for Better Lives Women
in the remote Peruvian Amazon village of San Antonio de Pintuyacu
are weaving hundreds of beautiful baskets from the fibers
of the Chambira palm tree, which are now being sold at the
San Diego Zoo and San Diego Natural History Museum.
Beach to Protect Tropical Forest NCI
and the city of Solana Beach, California have joined forces
to preserve areas of tropical forest in Southern Ecuador that
have been prioritized for conservation by the Ministry of
Environment, and also protect watersheds important to local
Threatened Coastal Areas NCI
is promoting the establishment of several coastal-marine conservation
areas in the Piura region covering an area of over 173,000
acres in asscociation with the regional government and with
funding support from the KfW Bankengruppe of Germany. The
area is home to the largest populations of waterfowl on the
Peruvian coast, an exceptionally high diversity of marine
life, and threatened or endangered species such as the Humboldt
penguin and green sea turtles.
Ambassador Visits NCI This
February, Christian Berger, the German Ambassador to Ecuador,
visited NCI’s San Francisco Scientific Station in southern
Ecuador to learn about some of the cutting-edge projects taking
place in this extremely biodiverse tropical mountain forest
Among the Best NCI
is delighted to announce that we have been approved as one
of the “Best In America” charities by Independent
Charities of America.
Palm Mountain Forest Conservation in Amazonas Region NCI staff members are diligently
working to gain protected area status for the 150,000 acre
Wax Palm-Huamanpata Mountain Tropical Forest in Amazonas,
Peru, and funds received from a private donor will be used
to aid in the conservation of the area.
Transfers Management of Loja Watershed to Municipality NCI turned over the management
responsibilities to the municipality of two of its properties
located in Loja's El Carmen watershed. The municipality will
develop a number of conservation, reforestation, protection
and education programs within the area.
Shuar Communities Legally Recognized Thanks
to the support of NCI, 37,500 acres of Shuar territory were
declared Protected Forest by the Ministry of the Environment.
Nine Shuar indigenous communities were also given legal recognition
by the State, guaranteeing them a series of rights, benefits,
and protection, and helping to conserve nearly 40,000 additional
acres of their territory.