Links: Ecuador Conservation Organizations

These are organizations which photographer Bruce Farnsworth believes are doing solid work to identify conservation needs in the forested habitats of Ecuador in collaboration local communities through grass-roots education and research.

  • Yasuní Rainforest Campaign of Save America’s Forest Foundation
  • Save America’s Forests has become a clearinghouse of sorts for news, research and conservation efforts in Ecuador’s Yasuní Natonal Park and UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Their site contains an provides an excellent overview of biological and cultural diveristy and lays out the direct and indirect impacts of petroleum development now facing the region.

  • Ecuadorian Rivers Institute
  • Leading grassroots coalition of government authorities, contributing scientists and local indigenous and mestizo communities working to establish measures for watershed managements, sustainable energy design and river protection.

  • Lowland Quichua communities sharing their local forests and culture as a sustainable source of income. We have wonderful personal experiences with this organization and will be developing future tours with their member communities.

  • Jatun Sacha Foundation
  • This is Ecuador’s leading conservation organization with research and field stations throughout the country, including the Galapagos. Many of Bruce’s photographs were made at their biological research station near Tena, Ecuador. They provide many education and training programs for Ecuadorian high school and university students. Their field laboratories are leading the way in research on silviculture, rainforest ecology and sustainable microeconomies.

    Wildlife Conservation Society
    WCS supports long-term wildlife surveys and habitat use assessments conducted by Ecuadorian biologists. Two of their focus species are the giant river otter and the manatee. They are working in the Napo River valley, especially Yasuní National Park and watershed of the Cuyabeno, Limoncocha and Panacocha reserves. WCS supports projects which train indigenous Quichua and Huaorani as para-biologists and help these communities to establish community-based wildlife management plans.

    UCLA Center for Tropical Research
    Dr. Jordan Karubian leads the Center’s efforts in Ecuador. Projects focus on avian diversity and the involvement of local communities in education and para-biologist roles to effect long-term conservation. Studies are underway in the Amazon basin and Andean regions of Ecuador.

    EcoMinga Foundation
    Formed by a group of prominent scientists and conservation leaders, this organization works efficiently to identify areas of rare plant diversity and target the most threatened forest communities for protection.