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
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.