ECUADOR is home to extraordinary and diverse forests that contain more unique species of life than almost anywhere else on Earth.

However, Ecuador has one of the highest deforestation rates in South America. Social and economic pressures are threatening its once-pristine environments, leading to degraded habitats and extinctions.

We are working with local partners, governments and communities to conserve Ecuador’s wide range of natural ecosystems – from the rich cloud forests of the Andean mountains to the remarkable rainforests of the Amazon basin.

Ecuador map

ECOSYSTEMS
Rainforests
Cloud forests
Tropical deciduous forests

INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
The Achuar
The Kichwa
The Sápara
The Shuar

THREATS
Mining, oil extraction, deforestation and unsustainable agricultural practices.

FEATURED PROJECTS

NCI SUCCESSES

FORAGUA

SAFEGUARDED THE WATER SUPPLY FOR 1,000,000 ECUADORIANS

We partnered with municipal governments to create a sustainable model for financing watershed conservation.

Empowering Shaur Communities

EMPOWERING THE INDIGENOUS SHUAR

We’ve helped indigenous Shuar communities establish their rights to over 80,000 acres of ancestral homeland in the Amazon rainforest.

Cajas

SUPPORTED CREATION OF 2.4 MILLION ACRE BIOSPHERE RESERVE

We organized 30 institutions, communities and governments to create Ecuador’s 5th UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2013.

NATURE

Ecuador has the most biodiversity per square kilometer of any nation and a multitude of unique and beautiful ecosystems.

Rainforests

Rainforests house the majority of Earth’s biodiversity. Unfortunately, more than 100 acres are cleared every minute. Learn more

Buenaventura-Cloud-ForestCloud forests

Many scientists consider Andean cloud forests the world’s greatest conservation priority. Learn more

Tropical deciduous forests

Boasting incredibly high levels of species endemism, dry forests are as endangered as tropical rainforests. Learn more

CULTURE

We develop close relationships with government officials and build support beyond the professionals, reaching the local and indigenous communities.

Sustainable Development

One of our guiding principles is to improve the economic wellbeing of communities while conserving nature. Learn more

ShuarThe Indigenous Shuar

We have helped the Shuar protect more than 80,000 acres of ancestral homeland to ensure the survival of their culture along with the land that sustains them. Learn more

The Indigenous Achuar

With NCI’s support, the indigenous Achuar are entering their rainforest lands into Ecuador’s Socio Bosque program to conserve biodiversity for generations to come. Learn more