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Ecuador

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Ecuador is home to some of the most fantastic arrays of landscapes, habitats and species on the planet. Despite its small size, it hosts approximately 10% of the world’s biodiversity.

Transected by both the equator and the Andean mountain chain, and bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador encompasses four distinct regions each with its own natural and cultural beauty, charm and value.

The coastal region is a mix of beaches, bays and small islands where mangroves and jungles punctuate the coastline, greeting the rich marine life. Moving eastwards, the highland region is bordered by an avenue of snow-capped volcanoes sporting precious high altitude moorlands (páramos) and rainforests.

Descending to the east, the mountain landscape gives rise to rivers that flow into humid, lowland Amazon rainforest.
Lying about 1,000 km off the coast of Ecuador are the Galapagos Islands, a volcanic archipelago well known for unique wildlife that once upon a time enthralled Charles Darwin.

Unfortunately, Ecuador’s natural wealth is threatened by unsustainable activities from extractive sectors such as oil and gas, industrial fisheries, logging, mining and infrastructure. Iconic species such as jaguars, great green macaws and brown-headed spider monkeys are all in jeopardy from the resulting habitat loss.

Our work in Ecuador

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) began our involvement in Ecuador by focusing on Chocó rainforest, one of the most threatened habitat types in the country. More recently, we have developed projects in both coastal marine areas and Andean montane habitats.

Our work in Ecuador

Establishment, protection and consolidation of the Awacachi Corridor

Great green macaw

The most significant tract of Chocó rainforest in Ecuador, the Awacachi Corridor, was in grave danger of being converted to pasture and palm oil plantations. This would have destroyed vital habitat for species including endangered great green macaws, majestic jaguars and many other threatened species, as well as jeopardising a crucial wildlife corridor.

FFI stepped in to help Ecuadorian organisation Fundación Sirua to protect 10,000 hectares of forest. Our core work here is to maintain and improve biodiversity through reforestation, biodiversity monitoring and conservation enforcement by locally trained rangers selected from neighbouring communities.

In addition, FFI is working with other local partners, Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional and the Municipality of San Lorenzo, supported by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund for the assessment of the ecosystem services provided by the corridor and other forested areas in this municipality with a special emphasis on water resources. The assessment will identify essential conservation areas for the municipality to maintain those ecosystem services for the direct benefit of people and nature. Read more (en Español).

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