Guardianas del Patrimonio Cultural y de los Últimos Remanentes del Bosque en la Costa del Ecuador

By Andes Amazon Fund | April 18, 2023

Redacción: Ana Coral Entrevistadora: Shirley Pozo Revisión, corrección y edicion: Marcelo Guevara La paja toquilla es una planta herbácea que se cultiva en algunas comunas de la provincia de Santa Elena en convivencia con el bosque que actualmente se conserva bajo la figura del “Sistema de Áreas de Conservación y Uso Sustentable de Santa Elena”…

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Three Indigenous Reserve Expansions in Colombia Protect Traditions and a Quarter Million Acres of Amazonian Biodiversity

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 29, 2023

On February 14th, 2023, Colombia’s National Land Agency formalized the expansions of the Huitorá, Coropoyá, and Jericó Consaya Indigenous Reserves in the Colombian department of Caquetá by a total of 279,777 acres (113,222 hectares). The three Indigenous reserve expansions play a crucial role in safeguarding cultural practices and protecting regional biodiversity and will benefit 138…

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Conservation Area in Teoponte, Bolivia Will Protect over 100,000 acres of Forest and Uplift Local Communities

By Andes Amazon Fund | March 21, 2023

Andes Amazon Fund applauds the creation of the Mayaya de Teoponte Park and Natural Integrated Management Area. The new municipal conservation area protects 108,400 acres (43,868 hectares) of primarily submontane humid forests in the La Paz department of Bolivia. Until now, there were no protected areas in the Teoponte municipality. This new area is meant…

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New Private Conservation Area in Peru Conserves High-Priority Dry Forests and Endemic Species

By Nicole Friedman | March 1, 2023

Andes Amazon Fund celebrates the creation of the Utco Private Conservation Area (PCA) in Peru’s Cajamarca region. The conservation area was established in perpetuity, and protects 7,562 acres (3,060 hectares) of Amazonian dry forest, and is considered an “epicenter of biodiversity.” The dry forests of the Utco Private Conservation Area are home to nearly 2…

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New Reserve in Ecuador Safeguards over 3 million acres of Amazon Rainforest and Strengthens Indigenous Territories

By Andes Amazon Fund | February 3, 2023

Andes Amazon Fund is thrilled to announce the creation of the Tarímiat Pujutaí Nuṉka Reserve, which spans 3,057,671 acres (1,237,395 hectares) of Andean and Amazonian forests in eastern Ecuador. Located in the Morona Santiago province, this new reserve primarily encompasses the territories of the Shuar and Achuar Indigenous communities who have guarded these forests for…

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Arenillas Municipal Conservation Area in Ecuador will Protect Key Dry Forest and Mangrove Ecosystems

By Andes Amazon Fund | February 1, 2023

The Andes Amazon Fund celebrates the creation of the Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area of Arenillas, finalized on December 8th, 2022. Located on the Southern coast of Ecuador in the El Oro province, this new conservation area encompasses 37,489 acres (15,171 hectares) of dry forest and mangroves, protecting water sources for thousands, and habitats…

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Ecuador Establishes its Largest Water Protection Area, Safeguarding Water Sources for over 22,000 People

By Andes Amazon Fund | January 30, 2023

On January 28th, 2023, over 1,000 citizens, community leaders, and politicians, including President Guillermo Lasso, gathered in Ecuador to celebrate the creation of the nation’s largest Water Protection Area to date: Aguarico, Chingual, and Cofanes. This impressive reserve spans 249,747 acres (101,069 hectares) in the province of Sucumbíos in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon. Its establishment…

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The Kankuamo Indigenous Reserve Expansion in Colombia Promotes Community Resilience and Healing

By Andes Amazon Fund | January 23, 2023

The Andes Amazon Fund celebrates the official expansion of the Kankuamo Indigenous Reserve in the municipality of Valledupar in Colombia’s department of Cesar. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, the newly expanded reserve will protect ecologically significant landscapes and reinforce the territorial integrity of the Kankuamo Indigenous People. The Kankuamo Indigenous community…

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Piñas Joins Forces with other Municipalities to Protect Water Sources

By Andes Amazon Fund | January 11, 2023

On July 29, 2022, the municipality of Piñas in the El Oro Province of Ecuador approved a new Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area measuring 29,886 acres (12,094.50 ha). Piñas is in the Tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot and is home to swiftly flowing rivers and streams, mountain wetlands, lush forests, and wildlife found nowhere else…

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New Municipal Protected Area in Portovelo, Ecuador will Protect Key Water Sources and Minimize Ecological Threats to the Region

By Nicole Friedman | December 5, 2022

Andes Amazon fund applauds the creation of the Municipal Conservation and Sustainable Use Area of Portovelo. The new protected area lies at the headwaters of the Puyango River Basin in El Oro, Ecuador. Created on September 30th, 2022, the Portovelo reserve protects 29,305 acres (11,859 hectares) of critical ecosystems, water sources, and habitats for endemic…

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