Nature and Culture International plays leading role in protecting cultural and biodiversity in an area rapidly losing its forests.
Nature and Culture International celebrates the creation of a new protected area linking the Andes Mountains with the Ecuadorian Amazon. Huamboya Municipal Conservation Area safeguards priority ecosystems and cultural diversity in central Ecuador, adding to a network of protected areas in the region spanning 7.5 million acres.
Huamboya protects 103,082 acres of sub-tropical montane forest* along the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains. In recent years, this region has suffered extensive deforestation due to agricultural development – an estimated 47 percent of the Huamboya Municipality has been converted to pasture and croplands. This new area eliminates a significant unprotected gap between Sangay National Park and other protected areas, namely Pastaza Provincial Reserve and Río Upano Municipal Conservation Area.
*Sub-tropical montane forest is a major natural habitat found in the Andean region, occurring in a zone from about 1,200 to 2,400 m. It serves as an important bird habitat.