World Land Trust’s work in Ecuador spans the country from rainforests of the Amazon basin, dry forests towards the Pacific coast, to cloud forest and Paramo of the Andes. Despite its small size (not much bigger than the UK), the diversity of its habitats makes it one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. With 1,600 bird species, it has 17% of the world’s total bird species and 16,000 species of plants (25% of which are endemic).
WLT is supporting conservation projects across the country in partnership with Fundacion Jocotoco, Fundación EcoMinga, Fundación ProBosque and Naturaleza y Cultura Ecuador.
Projects in Ecuador
Cerro Blanco Protected Forest
The Fierro Urco Water Protection Area will protect almost 200,000 acres (79,000 hectares) of páramo habitat on a series of mountaintops in the western Andes of southern Ecuador. The páramo is home to many striking examples of Andean wildlife and because of its unique species it is referred to as an evolutionary hotspot.
Llanganates-Sangay Biological Corridor
Podocarpus-El Condor Biosphere Reserve
Podocarpus-El Condor Biosphere Reserve is a network of protected areas that covers more than 2.6 million acres of habitat in southern Ecuador. Key forests surrounding the gap are protected within the Podocarpus National Park and by a reserve established by the Zamora Municipality to safeguard water resources in sub-catchments of the River Nea.
Tapichalaca Reserve is located below Cerro Tapichalaca on the eastern slope of the Andes. Since the initial purchase of 650 hectares in 1998, the reserve has been progressively expanded and habitat types from high altitude paramó (at 3,500 m) to sub-tropical montane forest (at 1,800 m) are now represented.
The reserve was initially established to protect what was the only known site of the newly discovered Jocotoco Antpitta.