The New York Times just reported that in the last six years over 4 million acres of land in Bolivia have been deforested. It is projected that by 2025 a devastating 14 million acres of forest could be cleared in Bolivia alone.* Nature and Culture International in collaboration with its … [Read more...] about Striking the Balance: Nature & Economic Development in Bolivia
Nature and Culture International celebrates 20 years of conservation success with anniversary events in both North America and South America, bringing together the founders, partners, and supporters who have made NCI’s work possible. Earlier this year, Nature and Culture International celebrated … [Read more...] about NCI Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Quito, Ecuador
On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Colombia’s Antioquia regional environmental authority, CorAntioquia, established the 13,000 acre Cacica Noría Regional Protected Area. This area protects rich cloud forests of the Andes, the world’s highest biodiversity ecoregion, together with a diversity of other … [Read more...] about Colombia Creates a New Protected Area!
The San Diego Union Tribune Interviews NCI Founder Ivan Gayler on Saving the planet, one forest at a time.
Ivan Gayler (Eduardo Contreras/San Diego Union-Tribune)By Lisa Deaderick, Union TribuneSeptember 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 … [Read more...] about The San Diego Union Tribune Interviews NCI Founder Ivan Gayler on Saving the planet, one forest at a time.
After three years of work, we are celebrating the declaration of the 66,954 acre Chicuate Chinguelas Private Conservation Area in northern Peru, which safeguards rich biodiversity and a stunning landscape. Since 2013, NCI's local team in Piura has worked with the community of Segunda y Cajas, the … [Read more...] about 66,000 Acre Reserve Declared in Northern Peru
In May, the ordinance for the 306,000 acre Carpish Mountain Forest Regional Conservation Area was passed by the regional government in Huánuco, Peru – a major first step on the road to protecting this precious ecosystem. A bird watcher's dream, the cloud forests of Carpish are humming with an … [Read more...] about A Milestone for the Protection of Peru’s Birding Hotspot
This is the first article in our Sustainable Livelihoods series, exploring NCI's work with communities to develop new sources of income based on the sustainable use of natural resources in and around the areas we've helped these communities protect. From our Palo Santo project in the dry forest of … [Read more...] about Sustainable Livelihoods Series: Achiote Harvest in Ecuador
We have some exciting news to share. Our Andean corridor program, which is connecting habitats and communities to conserve a biodiversity hotspot, has been named a Classy Awards Finalist. We are in excellent company, among the 100 most innovative nonprofits and social enterprises of 2016! We … [Read more...] about NCI Announced as 2016 Classy Awards Finalist
As you likely have heard, Ecuador suffered a severe earthquake on the evening of Saturday, April 16th with its epicenter in the northern coastal region of the country. Thankfully, we have confirmed that NCI staff and their families are all safe. However, the situation in the country is grave, … [Read more...] about Update from Director of NCI-Ecuador
In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22nd, Nature and Culture International’s team in Mexico celebrated their renewed partnership with CONANP, Mexico’s National Park Service, which began in 2013 and has now grown to encompass the entire northwest region of Sonora and Sinaloa. Through this … [Read more...] about NCI Commemorates Expanded Partnership with Mexico’s National Park Service
Nature and Culture International welcomes David Welborn as Chairman of the Board as it enters its 20th year of saving tropical forests and the many plant and animal species that call them home. A former president of San Diego Coastkeeper and avid outdoorsman, David and his wife Ann Hunter Welborn … [Read more...] about Nature and Culture International Names New Chairman of the Board
Situated in the lush landscape of Ecuador's Andes mountains, one of the top priorities of our Cuenca office is to protect the high-altitude ecosystems that supply water to millions of people living downstream. We recently celebrated the declaration of the 23,094 acre El Pan Municipal Reserve after a … [Read more...] about 23,000 Acre Reserve Declared in the Andes of Ecuador
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 … [Read more...] about In 2015: 190,000 acres of Amazon rainforest safeguarded in Peru
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 … [Read more...] about In 2015: Nearly 450,000 acres of watershed forests protected in Bolivia and Ecuador
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 … [Read more...] about In 2015: Four new reserves declared in Colombia preserving over 170,000 acres
In the lush Amazon rainforest of northern Peru, coffee growers and conservationists have come together with the regional government to create the fourth protected area declared in Amazonas with the support of Nature & Culture in the past two years. Nature & Culture's local team has worked … [Read more...] about Celebrating Monte Alegre: 50,000 acres protected in the Amazon rainforest of Peru
By Alex More, Piura Region CoordinatorPeru is home to nearly 20 million acres of wetlands, located mainly in its Andes and Amazon region. Although the coastal wetlands make up a smaller percentage of the national total, they are critical for the environmental services they provide to the … [Read more...] about Paving the Way for Protection of Peru’s Virrilá Estuary
A traditional gathering place in the community of Unkum, deep in the Amazon rainforest.October 2, 2015 - Today, the Regional Government of Amazonas declared the 93,000 acre Tijae Nain Conservation Concession. This area protects some of the world's most biodiverse and beautiful … [Read more...] about 93,000 Acres of Amazon Rainforest Protected in Peru with the Indigenous Awajun
The 217,360 acre Gualaquiza Municipal Reserve is the most recent in a long line of declarations brought about by the work of our office in Cuenca, Ecuador. This new reserve is twice the size of the nearby Cajas National Park, and protects pristine cloud forests while ensuring both the quality and … [Read more...] about New Reserve in Ecuador Protects Key Andean Ecosystems Along with Local Water Supply