Our Track Record
of our proudest achievements
Over the years, we have been working hard to
conserve Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems. Amazon rainforests,
rich cloud forests and tropical dry forests are critically threatened
as never before, making targeted conservation initiatives crucial.
Through growing programs in Ecuador, Peru and Mexico, we are addressing
these challenges to our natural world and its life-support systems,
and continue to make great strides in the protection of unique
ecosystems while simultaneously strengthening local communities.
Below is a sampling of some of our proudest
achievements. Please donate
now so we can continue our record of success and
save some of the planet's most extraordinary places.
- Creating a Spectacular 2.6
Million Acre Biosphere Reserve
In southern Ecuador, we successfully influenced the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) to declare the spectacular 2.6 million acre Podocarpus
- El Condor Biosphere Reserve. The region is one of
the most biodiverse places on the planet.
- Safeguarding Drinking Water
Our very active watershed
protection program in southern Ecuador is helping to
safeguard drinking water supplies for thousands of Ecuadorians
while protecting unique ecosystems and generating funds
for conservation, education and management.
- Protecting 4.5 Million Acres
of Amazon Rainforest
Through our regional
conservation program in northern Peru, 4.5 million acres
of Amazon rainforest is now under protection, and we are
diligently working to gain protected status for millions
of additional acres in this pristine environment, much of
which remains untouched.
- Building Capacity Through
Our environmental education
program in Ecuador and Peru is building capacity among thousands
of students and helping to create a new generation of conservationists
that will promote the benefits of land preservation and
the environmental services provided by intact ecosystems.
- Protecting Highly Threatened
Tropical Dry Forests
Through our conservation efforts in the highly threatened
Tropical Dry Forests of
and Mexico, an ecosystem
that has lost 95% of its original extent due to human activities,
we have purchased nearly 45,000 acres of well-preserved
dry forest habitat and have created a number of private
reserves. In Ecuador, we've purchased more endangered coastal
dry forest than any other organization.
- Income Generation Through
Sustainable Development Initiatives
Our sustainable development initiatives are helping to generate
income for some of the poorest people in the region, while
simultaneously helping to preserve outstanding ecosystems.
Projects such as the development of an internationally-marketed
perfume, the commercialization of native
fruits, and the creation of a number of value-added
products such as goat’s milk cheeses and honey
from native bees, benefit conservation and improve livelihoods.
- Increasing Wildlife Ranges
and Enhancing Ecosystem Connectivity
Together with local communities and regional governments
we have created a regional system of protected areas in
to ensure wildlife ranges increase by enhancing connectivity
among the region’s ecosystems. This effort is helping
to protect endangered species, such as the White-Winged
Guan and Peruvian Plant-cutter, two unique birds in the
- Ecosystem Research in a Hotspot
In our 2,500 acre San
Francisco Scientific Station located in a hotspot of
biodiversity, 17 German and Ecuadorian universities conduct
one of the largest ecosystem studies worldwide, investing
$2.5 million a year in interdisciplinary study of tropical
mountain forests and providing invaluable information regarding
conservation and development to local farmers and communities,
government officials, and policy makers.
- Preserving Indigenous Cultures
While Conserving Forests
Our work with the indigenous
Shuar people of the Amazon region has led to the creation
of 37,500 acres of protected areas that conserve tropical
humid and cloud forests in their ancestral territories while
at the same time assisting in the preservation of their
rich culture and history. Through our support, nine additional
Shuar territories totaling nearly 40,000 acres have recently
been given legal recognition and protection on the part
of the State.
- Acting Locally to Achieve
a High Level of Efficiency
Rather than maintaining offices in the US, we focus our
resources in the countries where we work, enlisting Ecuadorian
and Peruvian scientists and conservation professionals,
many of whom come from the communities in which they work.
This allows us to build strong relationships and a high
level of trust with the local people, greatly increasing
our effectiveness, and extending