October 2014 | With the support of NCI’s team in Amazonas, the Regional Government of Amazonas has approved an ordinance protecting the Utcubamba River watershed’s environmental values, spanning 1,617,000 acres. Within this critical watershed, ten new protected areas are planned to encompass 535,000 acres, while another 1,082,000 acres will be designated for sustainable development uses such as organic coffee and cacao, which will enhance local economies while supporting conservation efforts.
September 2014 | We are pleased to announce the product of several months of work alongside the presidential candidates for the 2014 Regional Elections in Loreto and Ucayali, Peru. At events held in Loreto and Ucayali last week, all of the candidates for Regional President signed a mutual agreement confirming their commitment to support principles of environmental and social governance. NCI’s local offices organized these events as part of its work to support conservation and sustainable development at the regional level.
Ecuador’s neighbor to the north, Colombia is home to more vertebrate species than any other country on Earth, and ranks number one in the world in terms of bird, amphibian and butterfly species. Roughly 10% of the planet’s species are found amid its many ecosystems, which range from the Andes Mountains and Amazon rainforest to grasslands and coral reefs. Colombia is also home to more than 90 different indigenous groups.
Despite this miraculous array of cultural and biological diversity, Colombia’s unique species and indigenous people face great threats. Extractive industries such as oil, mining and logging continue to degrade and fragment ecosystems. Now, we are seeking opportunities for partnerships with regional governments and local conservation groups to preserve these irreplaceable cultures and ecosystems.
A few weeks ago, Lydia Lozano, the Project Coordinator for NCI-Mexico, visited our staff in Ecuador to learn from their work with local communities and governments. Because both Ecuador and Mexico are home to unique but severely threatened dry forest ecosystems, we are learning from our successes to strengthen our work.
Biosphere Reserves are a significant conservation achievement because they remain under national jurisdiction but share their experience and ideas regionally and internationally within the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Our office in Loja worked extensively with the national government and several non-governmental organizations to prepare the proposal for Bosque Seco, along with eight municipalities, farming communities, and school EcoClubs. In September 2013, after one year of work supported by NCI, the Ecuadorian government presented the proposal for the declaration of Bosque Seco, or the dry forest of Loja, as a new UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.