Organisation’s aim: To protect biologically diverse ecosystems in concert with local people in Latin America.
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
- The Ecuador Forests: WLT works with NCEcuador to secure and manage land, as well as offset carbon emissions in the Andes and dry forest of Ecuador.
- Cloud forest and páramo, Peru: WLT helps NCPeru establish community reserves in the cloud forests of Peru.
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 7.3 million acres to date. They have 17 offices across Ecuador, Mexico and Peru and are expanding into Colombia and Bolivia.
President: Byron Swift
Address: 1400 Maiden Lane
Del Mar, CA 92014