February 15, 2014 | We are working with several indigenous communities and the government of Pastaza, Ecuador to establish conservation areas in two highly biodiverse areas of Ecuador’s Amazon rainforest. One of the areas is located adjacent to the world-famous Yasuní National Park, and proposes to protect 250,000 acres of Amazon rainforest that is important both biologically and culturally.
February 2014 | Two years ago, the indigenous Shuar communities of the Nangaritza Valley asked us for help enlisting part of their territory into the Ecuadorian government’s innovative Socio Bosque program. Socio Bosque provides ecosystem service payments to landowners in return for their agreement to conserve their land for 20 years. We developed the technical documents required for this proposal alongside the indigenous Shuar, and this year, 50,000 acres of their highly biodiverse Amazon rainforest territory was successfully entered for protected status. This will conserve some of the world’s most biodiverse rainforests and safeguard the Shuar’s traditional way of life, including their sustainable hunting practices.