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 achievement, reflecting the dedication of NCI’s team, their collaboration with local communities, and the conservation vision of the regional government.
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 water now and for generations to come.
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 cloud forest were declared in Antioquia and Nariño.
Ecuador’s neighbor to the north, Colombia is home to more vertebrate species than any other country on Earth, and ranks number one in the world in terms of bird, amphibian and butterfly species. Roughly 10% of the planet’s species are found amid its many ecosystems, which range from the Andes Mountains and Amazon rainforest to grasslands and coral reefs. Colombia is also home to more than 90 different indigenous groups.
Despite this miraculous array of cultural and biological diversity, Colombia’s unique species and indigenous people face great threats. Extractive industries such as oil, mining and logging continue to degrade and fragment ecosystems. Now, we are seeking opportunities for partnerships with regional governments and local conservation groups to preserve these irreplaceable cultures and ecosystems.
“The loggers demolished everything; the woods, the animals, the fish, they even hunted frogs. We were left with nothing but our hunger and our poverty.”
September 1, 2013 | We have achieved a major advance in our work with communities and the government to establish the first Pacific Tropical Marine Reserve Area in northern Peru. This proposed area will help to protect the wildlife and biodiversity of the East Pacific Tropical Ocean, an extremely rich bio-geographic province that is home to 70% of marine biodiversity in Peru.
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.
November 1, 2011 | Nature and Culture International and its local partners were instrumental in coordinating the designation of the Salitral-Huarmaca Regional Conservation Area, which protects more than 69,000 acres of endangered dry forest in northwestern Peru. On July 21, 2011, the Peruvian Natural Protected Area Service (SERNANP) formally announced the new designation after two years of on the ground work by the Piura Regional Government and NCI, which helped prepare the initial formal requests that led to the area’s creation.
This vast new conservation area shelters critical habitat for the White-winged Guan, whose population has dwindled to less than 350 as a result of habitat fragmentation and hunting.