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Nature and Culture International

NGO founded: 1997
Partnership formed: 2010

Organisation’s aim: To protect biologically diverse ecosystems in concert with local people in Latin America.

Partner history

Nature and Culture International (NCI) was founded in 1997 by San Diego businessman Ivan Gaylor, after he witnessed the destruction of the Amazon while flying across South America.

He met with Renzo Paladines, now NCI Vice President and Director of Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador, and together they developed an ecosystem conservation project, buying land that was threatened in the cloud forests of southern Ecuador.

Partnership with WLT

WLT has been working with NCI's Ecuador offices (Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador) since 2010 and has worked in Peru with Naturaleza y Cultura Peru since 2014.

Projects with WLT

Other projects and activities

NCI operates a number of projects in South America, helping to establish government, community, private and biosphere reserves, protecting more than 7.3million acres to date.

They have 17 offices across Ecuador, Mexico and Peru and have plans to expand into Colombia and Bolivia.

Contact details: 

President: Byron Swift

Address: 1400 Maiden Lane
Del Mar, CA 92014
United States


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