The paramo is a unique high-altitude grassland that provides the people of Ecuador with the most valuable resource of all: water.

Despite the importance of this ecosystem, protecting it from encroaching development is no easy task. In 2013, NCI served as the lead catalyst towards the creation of the Cajas Massif Biosphere Reserve — a project that required the cooperation of more than 30 municipalities, along with regional and national government officials. The project was successfully brokered by NCI and the new UNESCO Biosphere Reserve spans nearly 2.4 million acres of highly-threatened and biodiverse landscapes.

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