Mission: Tropical habitats contain 50% of the world's biodiversity, yet are threatened by accelerating rates of deforestation. Most of the remaining unprotected lands are privately held, and new means are needed to conserve these forests. Ceiba works to protect habitat and the biodiversity found there through by implementing legal conservation agreements with landowners, providing public education about the value of wild nature, conducting research on the relationship between humans and the land, and encouraging sustainable economic activities that improve livelihoods while safeguarding biodiversity.
Target demographics: We work with local communities to protect forests and create sustainable livelihoods.
Geographic areas served: Ecuador, South America
Programs: Tropical Conservation Semester Galapagos, Andes and Amazon study abroad program
- Tropical Ecosystems: Andes, Amazon and Pacific coast summer field course
- Jama Conservation Corridor
- Lalo Loor Dry Forest reserve and biological station
- Internships and volunteerships in habitat conservation, environmental education, community development, reforestation, and scientfic research
- El Pahuma Orchid reserve
I attended the Ceiba Foundation's "Andes to Amazon" course in the summer of 2008. The expertise, collaborative spirit and motivation to conserve precious ecosystems makes the Ceiba Foundation effective as teachers and conservationists.
I participated in the semester abroad program with Ceiba. The professors are very knowledgeable about the ecology of the many ecosystems found in the tropics. I learned a lot about the ups and downs of conservation work: small victories, cultural divides, economics considerations, ecology considerations. I value the time I spent with CFTC and appreciate the passion Joe and Catherine have for this work.
Professional with expertise in this field
CEIBA has been instrumental in helping build conservation capacity in Ecuador. Through their work with local reserves, they have boosted ecotourism and ensured conservation "paid for itself." The Principals are great tropical ecologists with a passion for conservation. I am now a donor and believe it is the most efficient way to support tropical forest conservation efforts.
Incredible! I have learned an obscene amount in the realm of conservation biology and how to work with people from different cultures to help protect and discuss the environment. I am really impressed that the goal of the foundation is not imperialistic. Quite the opposite, CEIBA makes it a top priority to create community empowerment and local economic sustainability and dependence rather than simply swooping in and taking over.