International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN NL)The IUCN is the world's oldest and largest conservation network, and their mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ is widely recognized as the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. IUCN NL (Netherlands) funded TMA's purchase of 166 additional hectares in 2013, 2015, and is an ongoing partner. The Jama-Coaque Reserve has also hosted a Ranger Exchange Program facilitated by the IUCN NL.
SavingSpeciesSavingSpecies aims to conserve biodiversity through identifying the most at-risk areas in the world and then helping local organizations raise funds to connect, protect and restore habitats that will prevent the most species extinctions. SavingSpecies uses the best available science and technology to protect and restore Earth’s biodiversity, by connecting fragmented habitats through strategic land purchases on behalf of local organizations, using funds raised from the general public and private organizations.
EcocienciaEcociencia is an Ecuadorian conservation organization dedicated to conservation, scientific research and education. The mission of Ecociencia is to "conserve biological diversity through scientific research, recovery of traditional knowledge and environmental education, promoting harmonious forms of life between humans and nature." Third Millennium Alliance is working closely with Ecociencia on a variety of conservation projects on the coast of Ecuador and have a lot of exciting plans for the future.
Nourish International – McGillNourish International is a student based organization that aims to alleviate poverty across the globe. Nourish Internationals model addresses the massive needs of communities with sustainable, scalable solutions, while catalyzing tomorrow’s leaders to take action now. We are excited to partner with the McGill Chapter to design and install a series of community gardens in the community of Camarones. The community gardens are an important first step to building community and alleviating the stress brought to the forefront following the 7.8 earthquake in April of 2016. The earthquake resulted in massive damage across the coast of Ecuador and subsequently cut off access to food for many small remote communities such as Camarones. We will be working hand-in-hand with students from McGill University throughout 2017 and 2018 to ensure the families of Camarones always have secure access to locally produced healthy food.
Johnny’s Selected SeedsJohnny's Selected Seeds is a privately held, employee-owned seed producer and merchant headquartered in Winslow, Maine, USA. Johnny's Selected Seeds supports our efforts to help the community of Camarones recover from the severe April 2016 earthquake in coastal Ecuador by building a stronger local food culture and economy. Working together with Johnny's Selected Seeds we will be able to work with the families of Camarones to develop healthy and robust agricultural products.
Amphibian Survival AllianceThe Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) is the world's largest partnership for amphibian conservation. The ASA is organized by the Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), which is a global network of dedicated experts who donate their time and expertise to create a community from where practical amphibian conservation can be advanced based on a solid foundation of science. This global network consists of over 500 members in over 40 Regions/Countries. The ASA works with these partners around the globe to promote amphibian conservation and partner organizations working to protect amphibians and their habitat. The ASA helped publicize TMA's free full-color field guide to the amphibians of the Jama-Coaque Reserve in 2014.
Verified Conservation AreasA Verified Conservation Area (VCA) is a geographically-defined area which is listed on the VCA Registry and managed to conserve nature and use living natural resources sustainably in the context of sustainable development. The management aim of a VCA is based directly on the original definition of conservation set out in the IUCN World Conservation Strategy which recognizes conservation as “positive” actions “embracing preservation, maintenance, sustainable utilization, restoration, and enhancement of the natural environment.” Once listed on the VCA Registry, an area can gain worldwide recognition for its management practices and its positive conservation outcomes. This can generate a range of benefits for the area including transparent assurance of its conservation management and increased opportunities for attracting impact investment. The Jama-Coaque Ecological Reserve was listed as a VCA in 2014, making it one of the first 15 registered VCA's in the world!
NahualNahual Adventura y Sustentabilidad is a family and community run organization dedicated to live in a sustainable manner. Nahual owns and manages the Palugo Farm, which is an organic farm 40 minutes from Quito. The farm is dedicated to living in a sustainable manner through free-grazing dairy farming, ecological building, and sustainable agriculture. The farm feeds 30 families every week and thrives on utilizing sustainable and low impact practices to protect the environment and those around them. In addition to running the Palugo Farm, Nahual also runs an adventure and outdoor education semester abroad program in Ecuador for youth from the U.S. This year Nahual and TMA teamed up to design and offer Ecuador's first dynamic 4-farm Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course, which will bring participants to 4 different sustainable farms across all elevations of Ecuador.
BirdLife International/Aves y ConservaciónAs BirdLife International's South American branch, Aves y Conservación assigns Important and Endemic Bird Areas throughout the continent. Important Bird Area EC010, which includes the Jama-Coaque Reserve and Bosque Seco Lalo Loor, was established in 2005. BirdLife's aims are: to prevent the extinction of any bird species, maintain and improve the conservation status of all bird species, conserve and improve and enlarge bird habitats, help, through birds, to conserve biodiversity and to improve the quality of people's lives, and integrate bird conservation into sustaining people's livelihoods.
Tropical HerpingTropical Herping is a novel initiative striving to preserve tropical reptiles and amphibians through tourism, photography, research and education. Tropical Herping's goal is to sow the passion for herps among the greatest number of people. Only then will we will have the support needed to address the most urgent conservation challenges threatening our world's reptiles and amphibians. Tropical Herping works across Ecuador and abroad to raise awareness and appreciation for reptile and amphibian diversity, and recently teamed up with us to carry out an assortment of important research and education projects in the Jama-Coaque Reserve. Stay tuned for more exciting news and wonderful photography in the months ahead!
To’ak ChocolateTo'ak Chocolate is a private chocolate venture out of Ecuador initiated by our own Jerry Toth and friends. To'ak Chocolate is the finest pure dark chocolate in the world with only two simple ingredients: organic cacao from 100+ year old pure-genetic arriba trees and cane sugar. In To'ak's own words 'we wanted to transform the way chocolate is experienced, starting with its care on the land and culminating in the five senses of tasting and pairing." Since it's launch in 2014 To'ak has sold nearly 500 bars of world class award winning chocolate to aficionados across the globe. As the business continues to grow and produce worldclass chocolate To'ak will be donating 5% of proceeds directly to conservation efforts carried out by our organization in the Jama-Coaque Reserve.
The Biodiversity GroupThe Biodiversity Group (TBG) is an international team of wildlife biologists, educators, and photographers dedicated to preserving the smaller majority of animal life on Earth. Rooted in the science of ecology, they illuminate little known communities of animals in shrinking wild places. Their ultimate goal is to facilitate informed management decisions by people, governments, and land preservation organizations to keep incredible biological landscapes intact for future generations. TBG works in Ecuador, Mexico, and Vietnam, and has been a regular visitor to the Jama-Coaque Reserve since 2009.
Finca Mono VerdeEstablished in 2010, Finca Mono Verde (FMV) is a permaculture farm located on the Northern Coast of Ecuador. Their goal is to increase the use of sustainable agricultural practices in the community of Tabuga and the region through experimentation, demonstration, education and investigation. They also focus on natural building techniques and waste management to minimize our negative effects on the environment. FMV is connected to the Jama-Coaque Reserve via the Three Forest Trail, and TMA's youth group visits FMV on a regular basis to learn about organic small-scale farming.
Ceiba Foundation for Tropical ConservationFounded in 1997, the Ceiba Foundation manages and directs two reserves: El Pahuma Orchid Reserve just outside Quito, and Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve, located just seven kilometers west of the Jama-Coaque Reserve. The Three Forest Trail connects the two reserves, and their name is taken from the Ceiba tree (pronounced "SAY-ba"), a giant of tropical forests, which provides a home for scores of plants and animals in its lofty and epiphyte-laden canopy
Good NomadGood Nomad is a small business based out of Seattle, WA, that provides integrated volunteer and adventure travel packages for the conscientious traveler. Their aim is to facilitate awareness and action concerning environmental, economic, and social development programs throughout the world by offering immersive volunteer and adventure opportunities. The Jama-Coaque Reserve will host Good Nomad participants beginning in March of 2014.