The Pastaza Ecological Sustainable Use Area – about the size of the state of Maryland – Holds world records for its wide array of plant and animal species
Fabián Rodas López, Cuenca regional coordinator, Nature and Culture International (NCI), surveys the tropical forest under a towering ficus tree. NCI, founded in Del Mar, Calif., helped Ecuador establish the new 6.3-million-acre Pastaza Ecological Sustainable Use Area in the Ecuadorian Amazon Forest. The preserve, which is about the size of the state of Maryland, is one of the most biodiverse areas on Earth. The announcement of the preserve was the culmination of three years of collaboration by provincial and local governments in Ecuador, indigenous communities and NCI.
Mongabay Series, Global Forests Reports: Ecuadorian province protects 90% of its land area
27 March 2017/ Joaquín Ortiz and translated by Romina Castagnino
The Pastaza Ecological Area of Sustainable Development has around 2.5 million hectares (about 6.2 million acres), about 90 percent of the area of Ecuador’s Pastaza province.
- The Pastaza Ecological Area of Sustainable Development aims to regulate the use of natural resources, conserve the tropical humid forest, and the flora and fauna of the area.
- Seven indigenous nationalities live inside the area: Shuar, Achuar, Kichwa, Sapara, Andoa, Shiwiar and Waorani.
- The area also focuses on improving the development of communities and indigenous nationalities that live within the territory. A zoning process next year will define the actual conservation areas that will comprise most of the Pastaza conservation area.
After three years of working with local governments and indigenous communities, the Provincial Council of Pastaza established the Pastaza Ecological Area of Sustainable Development in the center of the Ecuadorian Amazon region. The area covers more than 2.5 million hectares (about 6.2 million acres) and occupies about 90 percent of the area of the province of the same name.