NGO Founded: 2005
Partnership with WLT formed: 2007
Organisation’s aim: To protect forests in the Andes, home to rare and endangered plants. Fundación EcoMinga are experienced in managing protected areas and are responsible the following reserves in the region: Rio Anzu, Rio Zuñac, Rio Verde, Rio Valencia, Chamana and the Cerro Candelaria Reserves.
Ecuador is home to an ever growing list of threatened and endemic plant species, those that exist nowhere else on Earth. In 2005 a group of concerned scientists and conservationists formed Fundación EcoMinga in order to protect habitats, particularly those of important botanical interest.
Partnership with WLT
WLT has been working with Fundación EcoMinga since 2007. The first land purchase took place that year.
Projects with WLT
WLT has helped Fundación EcoMinga with land purchase in Ecuador, initially at the Cerro Candelaria Reserve but later funding other reserves.
The WLT has funded reforestation at the Cerro Candelaria Reserve.
WLT supports the on-going protection of Fundación EcoMinga’s reserves through the Keepers of the Wild appeal, which funds rangers on our partners’ reserves.
Other projects and activities
- Local people show great interest and support for EcoMinga's work and all rangers employed by the organisation are members of nearby communities;
- Scientific research by botanist Lou Jost, co-founder of EcoMinga, has focused on the evolution of orchids in the region and has led to many discoveries of plant species new to science – one tree species has been named in honour of WLT patron, Sir David Attenborough;
- Building a cabin for ecotourism on the Cerro Candelaria Reserve, this can also potentially be used as an interpretation centre.
Awards and achievements
- Botanist Lou Jost has twice received the Pablo Arturo Suarez medal from the town of Baños. This award is given to a local person who contributed significantly to the well-being of the town that year.
- Reserve manager Juan Pablo Reyes has been recognised for his scientific achievements and also awarded a medal by the local town of Baños.
Treasurer: Lou Jost