Ivan Gayler (Eduardo Contreras/San Diego Union-Tribune)
By Lisa Deaderick, Union Tribune
September 25, 2016 – From 30,000 feet, while flying over the Amazon 30 years ago, Ivan Gayler saw a pattern of logging roads and forest fires. It was too much destruction.
“The greatest ecosystem on the planet was disappearing before our very eyes,” he says. “Believing the loss of biodiversity and changes to global climate were the two greatest issues of our era, I knew I had to act.”
He acted by founding Nature and Culture International (NCI), a conservation non-profit aimed at helping local and indigenous people secure rain forests for preservation in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Mexico. The organization has offices in Del Mar, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru, and is committed to maintaining the biodiversity in nature and the cultural diversity of each region. He’s created a system in which donors and conservationists in the field work against deforestation of threatened ecosystems, he says.