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NCEcuador Reserves

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Río Nea Cloud Forest

World Land Trust is helping Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional (NCEcuador) to purchase and protect highly threatened habitat in southern Ecuador. It has been calculated that more than 40% of Ecuadorian biodiversity can be found in the forests in the south of the country.

The forests within the Podocarpus-el Condor Biosphere Reserve are important both for biodiversity and for maintaining water supplies for local communities and towns and cities downstream. As with most tropical forests they are threatened by the spread of agriculture as well as fire. It is also cause for concern that many of the Municipal Reserves within the Biosphere Reserve are currently too small and fragmented to adequately represent the habitats they protect and the wildlife they support. The aim is to increase the reserve sizes to ensure more forest is protected and that wildlife has room to roam safely.

NCEcuador reserves supported by WLT

With the help of WLT funding, NCEcuador has purchased and protected threatened habitat in the Andes and dry forest regions of southern Ecuador.


  • Reserva Biologica San Francisco

    The 276 acre (112 hectare) property forms part of the existing Reserva Biologica San Francisco situated in the north of Podocarpus-el Condor Biosphere Reserve. It consists of tropical mountain forest and borders NCEcuador's San Francisco Private Reserve, which means it helps to consolidate a biological corridor between Podocarpus National Park and Bosque Protector Corazon de Oro. The reserve is home to the White-breasted Parakeet (Pyrrhura albipectus), which is endemic to southern Ecuador and northern Peru.

  • Bombuscaro Area, Podocarpus National Park

    Two properties have been purchased in Bombuscaro Reserve, which is situated within Podocarpus National Park. The reserve boasts primary vegetation typical of Amazonian forest in the foothills of the Andes, and helps protect the Bombuscaro river basin.

  • Los Rubies

    This reserve is particularly significant as it extends the Chinchipe Municipal Reserve. WLT has provided funds for the municipality and NCEcuador to collaborate in purchasing land for the reserve. As well as protecting critically threatened Amazonian rainforest it also safeguards the Los Rubies river basin, within the reserve.

  • Jambué Rainforest Reserve

    The Jambué Rainforest Reserve falls within a strategic gap in the protected area network that forms Podocarpus-El Condor Biosphere Reserve. There is an outstanding diversity and endemism in several families of flowering plants here. Epiphytes are especially abundant within the canopy and scientists have registered more than 100 species in a single tree. The reserve is also home to mammal species such as the Spectacled Bear, Mountain Tapir, Ocelot, Puma, Dwarf Deer, Woolly Monkey and many rare bird species.

  • Nangaritza Reserve

    The Nangaritza Valley is a highly biodiversity watershed protecting foothill forests that are part of the Podocarpus-El Condor Biosphere Reserve. Here can be found some of the highest levels of plant diversity in the world including some fragile areas that have never been explored by scientists and are at risk of exploitation by illegal loggers and miners.

Dry Forest

  • Laipuna Reserve

    Laipuna Reserve protects more than 5,000 acres of dry forest habitat. Species found in this area include Sechuran Fox, Collared Peccary, White-tailed Deer, River Otter and Puma.

  • La Ceiba Reserve

    La Ceiba Reserve protects more than 23,000 acres of threatened tropical dry forest on the border with Peru.

  • Cazaderos Dry Forest Reserve

    Cazaderos Reserve protects Tumbesian forests of south-western Ecuador. With less than 5 per cent of this forest type remaining, the expansion of the reserve is a conservation priority.

See the location of these reserves on a map »

More information about WLT's work with NCEcuador

Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador

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