The 36,618 acre municipal reserve declared in Azogues preserves pristine cloud forests and includes a buffer zone that traverses the southern portion of Sangay National Park, protecting important populations of the endangered Spectacled bear as well as sources of the region’s drinking water. This water source also supplies the most important hydro-power plant in Ecuador.
The Gualaceo municipal reserve covers 34,550 acres and is a key declaration as it protects paramo and montane forests that are home to rare birds such as the Red-faced Parrot, Crescent-faced Antpitta, Purple-Backed Thornbill, Dusky Piha, and Chestnut-bellied Cotinga, among many others. Its lush forests contain species of incredible orchids and bromeliads, in addition to numerous other plant types. It also protects vital water sources in both natural ecosystems and farming landscapes.