The 217,360 acre Gualaquiza Municipal Reserve is the most recent in a long line of declarations brought about by the work of our office in Cuenca, Ecuador. This new reserve is twice the size of the nearby Cajas National Park, and protects pristine cloud forests while ensuring both the quality and quantity of the water supply for local communities.
Totaling nearly 150,000 acres, the two new reserves declared in Antioquia, Colombia protect rich Andean cloud forests home to stunning biodiversity – including a species of monkey found nowhere else in the world. NCI’s partnership with CORNARE, the regional environmental authority that declared the reserves, has enabled them to more than double the number of acres protected by regional reserves in southern Antioquia.
“NCI is, perhaps, our main NGO ally currently.” – Max Lascano, Director of SocioBosque
Since its inception in 2008, NCI has been an official partner of the Ecuadorian government’s innovative SocioBosque program, which combines forest conservation with sustainable economic development. To date, NCI has helped communities from seven of Ecuador’s 13 indigenous groups join the program, resulting in the protection of hundreds of thousands of acres of Amazon rainforest. In addition, SocioBosque makes over $7 million in annual payments to communities enrolled in the program to help them achieve their sustainable development goals.