September 1, 2013 | We have achieved a major advance in our work with communities and the government to establish the first Pacific Tropical Marine Reserve Area in northern Peru. This proposed area will help to protect the wildlife and biodiversity of the East Pacific Tropical Ocean, an extremely rich bio-geographic province that is home to 70% of marine biodiversity in Peru.
“The loggers demolished everything; the woods, the animals, the fish, they even hunted frogs. We were left with nothing but our hunger and our poverty.”
June, 2013 | For six years, we have been working with the Samanga community to protect the Andean cloud forest and paramos ecosystems they depend on for survival. The Samanga highlands have been affected by destructive logging that threatens the watershed and this agricultural community’s crops.
With our technical support, 500 families put together a proposal to the government requesting the conservation of the area. The community was recently granted the private reserve, where protection of their watershed, forests, biodiversity and way of life will be possible. Our staff will continue to work with the community on the management of their reserve, working to restore the forest and implement sustainable agriculture practices.
May, 2013 | Celebrations were held on May 28th to commemorate UNESCO’s recognition of the two million acre Cajas Biosphere Reserve, where we acted as the lead catalyst. This is the first biosphere reserve in Ecuador’s Western Andes – a vast and diverse ecosystem that includes marine areas, mangroves, desert, cloud forest, mountain forest, paramos and inter-Andean valleys.