World Land Trust's Keepers of the Wild are rangers working on the front line of conservation. They safeguard some of the world's most threatened species and the...
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 for creating reserves in the Llanganates Sangay Corridor.
Ecuador is home to an ever growing list of threatened plant species. Many are endemic; that is, they exist nowhere else on Earth. In 2005, a group of concerned scientists and conservationists formed Fundación EcoMinga in order to protect habitats of important botanical interest.
Partnership with WLT
Fundación EcoMinga and World Land Trust (WLT) have been working together since 2007, with the first land purchase at the Cerro Candelaria Reserve taking place that year. We have also funded reforestation at the Cerro Candelaria Reserve.
Land purchase at several reserves has so far protected over 13,000 acres (5,400ha) of threatened forest. In 2015, WLT’s Forests in the Sky Appeal successfully raised £500,000 to create the Rio Machay Reserve, forming a biological corridor for a wealth of wildlife to move safely between Sangay and Llanganates National Parks.
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. This 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, with extra potential for use 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