A New Conservation Area in Ecuador Contributes to the Sangay-Podocarpus Connectivity Corridor

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 16, 2021

The Santiago de Méndez Municipal Conservation Area, created on March 9, protects 34,051 acres of montane forests and páramo grasslands in Morona Santiago, Ecuador. It conserves ecosystems and wildlife in the Sangay-Podocarpus Connectivity Corridor and safeguards water sources for more than 15,000 people living in nearby communities. Its abundant fauna includes 47 species of mammals, 152…

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A Look Back at 2020

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 1, 2021

This past year, the COVID-19 pandemic challenged people across the world, and the countries sharing the Amazon were among the most impacted. Indigenous peoples experienced higher mortality rates than in urban areas. And despite the illusion that stay-at-home orders would allow nature a chance to heal, the opposite occurred in many parts of the basin,…

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Our COVID-19 Response

By Andes Amazon Fund | February 3, 2021

Several of the regions where Andes Amazon Fund works are among those most affected by COVID-19 in Latin America. As governments struggle to get adequate care to those most in need across all corners of the Amazon, several of our grantees are among those organizations most in touch with local needs. Considering this, Andes Amazon…

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Kicking off 2021 by Protecting Critical Water Resources and Threatened Species

By Andrea Díaz | January 21, 2021

Andes Amazon Fund is delighted to announce three new conservation areas created through our support in 2021. Created on January 19, the Cuenca Municipal Conservation Areas in Ecuador are comprised of Machángara, Mazán, and Curiquingue-Gallocantana Municipal Conservation Areas and together total an area of 48,277 acres in the municipality of Cuenca. You can read more…

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Connecting a Key Biological Corridor in Ecuador

By Andes Amazon Fund | December 23, 2020

Covering an area of 56,327 acres, Palora Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area in Ecuador, created on December 16, connects the cloud forests of the eastern Andes to the Amazon plains. Palora houses a remarkable range of species in its paramo grasslands and cloud forests that includes a large bird population of tanagers and hummingbirds.…

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What’s the Buzz All About? 60,599 Acres of Habitat Conserved for Native Bees in Ecuador

By Andrea Díaz | November 13, 2020

On November 12th, the Puyango Municipal Conservation Area in Loja, Ecuador was expanded by 60,599 acres with AAF support. The reserve now protects 71,622 acres of precious humid forest as well as rare tropical dry forest. Puyango is one of the first reserves created in Ecuador dedicated to the protection of native stingless bees, hard-working…

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Introducing Loja Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area in Ecuador: Protecting 73,701 Acres of Wildlife and Water Resources

By Andrea Díaz | October 27, 2020

The new Loja Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area in the Ecuadorian Andes, declared on October 27, protects 73,701 acres. Divided into 13 blocks throughout Loja, the new area saves wildlife and water sources for 200,000 people.  Loja Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area, located on the southeastern slopes of the Andes, encompasses cloud and…

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Expansion of Paltas Municipal Conservation Area Conserves an Additional 32,392 Acres

By Andrea Díaz | August 17, 2020

The expansion of Paltas Municipal Conservation Area in Ecuador now brings its total size to 41,020 acres. The new area is divided into six “blocks” within the municipality and conserves some of the last remnants of dry forest in Ecuador.

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Huamboya Municipal Conservation Area: Protecting Priority Ecosystems in Central Ecuador

By Andes Amazon Fund | January 24, 2019

The new Municipal Conservation Area of Huamboya will conserve 103,082 acres (41,716 ha) of sub-tropical montane forest along the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains.

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New Cascales Municipal Conservation Area Increases Protected Area Connectivity in Ecuador

By Andes Amazon Fund | December 12, 2018

The Andes Amazon Fund (AAF) celebrates the creation of Cascales Municipal Conservation Area, declared on November 27, 2018 in Ecuador’s Sucumbios Province.

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