Nature and Culture protects the world’s most
diverse ecosystems with the people who live in them.

We start by thinking locally and acting locally.

  • The tropics of Latin America are home to ten times the diversity and complexity of temperate forests in the north.
  • NCI conserves at the scale of entire functioning ecosystems, protecting from 20,000 acres up to several million acres at a time.
  • Our 170 local conservationists live in the places they protect. They build enduring relationships with local people and bring legal scholarship, biological expertise, political know-how, and geo-mapping skills that help communities safeguard their land.
  • Our 17 offices collaborate with governments, communities, and indigenous tribes through every step of the process; from the initial biological studies to the legal documents needed to officially declare a protected area.
  • As we defend the forests, we empower the people living closest to nature, working in partnership with them to create sustainable livelihoods and improve healthcare and education.

Government Reserves

Whether local, regional, or federal, a government reserve signifies the highest level of protection for a country’s natural heritage. Our close partnerships with government agencies support the path to official environmental stewardship.


Community Reserves

We work with indigenous communities to preserve their cultural heritage and the forests that have sustained them for thousands of years. We also work with Andean communities to protect their life-giving watersheds. Currently, NCI helps 13 indigenous tribes and 74 Andean communities.


Private Reserves

Because many endangered forests are in private hands, outright acquisition is sometimes the only approach. By acquiring key parcels, NCI has expanded existing national parks, created new reserves, and preserved critical watersheds.


Biosphere Reserves

These UNESCO designated reserves are places that hold exceptional characteristics of natural beauty, biodiversity, cultural heritage, sustainable development, scientific research, and policies that improve the lives of local people.