Conservation in Ecuador
 

Ecominga:New foundation to save threatened forests:   A group of Ecuadorian and international scientists and conservationists, including me, has created the Ecominga Foundation to protect threatened forests containing endangered plants and animals. We will seek international and local funding to buy strategic forests, work with local communities, and raise awareness about the importance of these forests. Please help us! See www.ecominga.net

Biogeography of the Pastaza Watershed (Eastern Andes of Central Ecuador): This online book treats the amazingly rich and highly endemic flora of the Pastaza watershed and surrounding area. More plant species are endemic to this small valley than to all of the Galapagos Islands, and the area is a high conservation priority for our Ecominga Foundation. This book concentrates on orchids, and includes species accounts for some of the ninety orchid species endemic to the watershed. It also includes species accounts for some of the many other plants endemic to the watershed. The distributions of the endemic orchids of the area help pinpoint the most important forests for conservation.
Orchids of the Jocotoco Foundation Reserves: The Jocotoco Foundation was formed to buy and manage reserves for critically endangered Ecuadorian birds. The reserves coincidentally contain many threatened and endangered plant species, especially orchids. The Foundation has asked me to assess the conservation value of their reserves for orchids, and this article reports the ongoing results of those investigations.

Conservation Partners: Here I list some foundations and businesses which I feel are doing important conservation work in Ecuador. The list is new so if I have not included a worthy foundation, please write me!

I want to express my sincerest gratitude to Dr. Carl Luer for his help and guidance in my orchid studies. Special thanks to John and Ruth Moore for their generous financial support since the beginning via donations to the Population Biology Foundation, and to the San Diego County Orchid Society and Oregon Orchid Society for their support. Thanks to Malli Rao for generously supporting orchid conservation in my area, and to Steve Beckendorf and Cindy Hill for a very generous grant to support my conservation research.  Thanks also to the Orchid Resource Center, the Center for International Studies-Andean Study Programs, Kent and Cherise Udell, R. Bozek and Alyssa Roberts, and my family. The discoveries reported here are theirs as well as mine.