Coastal Ecuador represents one of the most biologically important yet threatened ecosystems in all of Latin America. Located within the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena Biodiversity Hotspot at the nexus of some of the wettest forests in the world (Chocó rainforests) and the last remaining fragments of coastal dry forests of South America, it is seen as one of the 25 most important concentrations of biodiversity on the planet. Unfortunately, recent reports estimate that approximately 75-98% of native forest cover on the coast of Ecuador has been lost as a result of deforestation and other human activities, making it one of the most severely threatened areas on earth in terms of biological extinction.
The current objective of TMA and partners IUCN NL and SavingSpecies is the development of a conservation corridor between JCR and neighboring reserve Bosque Seco Lalo Loor (BSLL), which is one of the furthest North fragments of dry forest in Ecuador. The specific area along the proposed corridor is targeted for the following three reasons: 1.) it represents one of the only forested areas in all of coastal Ecuador connecting three distinct forest types (dry forest, tropical moist forest, and premontane cloud forest) along an elevational gradient, 2.) it is known to host one of the countries highest densities of rare and threatened species, and 3.) it has a high probability of being deforested in the near future if not protected. Once complete the corridor will stretch the roughly 3 km forested ridgeline that runs between JCR and BSLL, thus developing a single continuous protected area approximately 1,000 hectares in size.
Create a single contiguous protected area between JCR and BSLL through strategic land purchases
Protect and monitor the status of local flora and fauna across the entire corridor route
Purchase degraded properties that are located adjacent to the forested corridor for reforestation and agroforestry activities
Involve local land owners neighboring the corridor in our Community Agroforestry Initiative to ensure further forest is not lost to unsustainable land practice techniques