Conservation and the Environment

Ecuador has a wonderful variety of ecosystems from high Andes to Pacific coastline, the Amazon basin and the Galapagos Islands.  We support work on conservation and other environmental themes.

Fundacion Jocotoco

Ornithologist Dr. Robert Ridgely discovered a species of bird which until then had not been studied by science, the Jocotoco Antpitta; which is currently classified as endangered. Fundación Jocotoco was originally founded to conserve its habitat and has now expanded into a network of 15 reserves in Ecuador that are home to over 900 species of birds and protect large and rare mammals such as the Spectacled Bear, Mountain Tapir, Chocó Tapir, Puma and Jaguar. All the reserves have a lodge for visitors.

Galapagos Conservation Trust

The Galapagos Conservation Trust is the only UK registered charity to focus solely on the conservation of the Galapagos Islands, one of the most unique and ecologically important, but vulnerable, areas in the world. With 25 years of experience supporting impactful conservation programmes across the Archipelago, GCT partners with Ecuadorian authorities, NGOs, local communities and leading scientists, both in Galapagos and worldwide.

Rainforest Concern

Rainforest Concern is a British charity that protects rainforests and other crucial natural habitats, working with communities and organisations across eight countries. The Neblina Reserve consists of over 2,200 hectares of threatened high altitude cloud forest in north-west Ecuador. Teeming with wildlife, this area of forest is unusually rich in orchids and epiphytes alongside endangered animal species such as spectacled bears, pumas, ocelots, tapirs, toucans, rare frogs and hummingbirds.