June, 2013 | For six years, we have been working with the Samanga community to protect the Andean cloud forest and paramos ecosystems they depend on for survival. The Samanga highlands have been affected by destructive logging that threatens the watershed and this agricultural community’s crops.
With our technical support, 500 families put together a proposal to the government requesting the conservation of the area. The community was recently granted the private reserve, where protection of their watershed, forests, biodiversity and way of life will be possible. Our staff will continue to work with the community on the management of their reserve, working to restore the forest and implement sustainable agriculture practices.