Our local team in Amazonas, Peru led the creation of three protected areas in 2015. The Tijae Nain, Dase Nain and Monte Alegre Conservation Concessions span nearly 190,000 acres of rich Amazon rainforest, protecting endangered species alongside indigenous Awajun communities. This is a remarkable achievement, reflecting the dedication of NCI’s team, their collaboration with local communities, and the conservation vision of the regional government.
The Ivi Maraei Municipal Watershed Reserve in Chuquisaca, Bolivia and the Gualaquiza Municipal Reserve in Cuenca, Ecuador preserve rich Andean cloud forests, a stunning array of species, and the regions’ water supply. They represent a vision by the local communities and governments to secure clean water now and for generations to come.
In 2015 we began our expansion into Colombia, where great opportunities exist to support the regional environmental authorities in protecting the country’s incredible biodiversity. With the assistance of NCI’s funding and support, four new reserves spanning 173,162 acres of tropical mountain and cloud forest were declared in Antioquia and Nariño.