From: World Land Trust
Published October 19, 2004 04:08 PM

World Land Trust Helps Purchase and Protect its Seventh Habitat Reserve in Ecuador

Working through local partner Jocotoco Foundation (Fundación Jocotoco) in Ecuador, the World Land Trust has helped purchase a further two square mile area of high quality deciduous forest in the Tumbesian region of south west Ecuador. This purchase has been made possible by supporters of the World Land Trust in the UK, and the American Bird Conservancy (and an especially generous donor) and the Western Alliance for Nature (WAN) Foundation in the US.

The new reserve at Jatunpamba, just north east of the town of Macara near the Ecuador/Peru border supports many endemic and rare species of plants and animals, including populations of numerous globally threatened birds. This location has convenient access for educational purposes and for visitors. It is also quite close to another existing Jocotoco reserve (which protects a remnant of high altitude semi-deciduous forest) at Utuana.

The Tumbesian forest, which is dominated by statuesque Ceiba trees, is a conservation priority because much of it is already cleared or badly degraded. The 'Artists for Nature' Foundation visited this region last year and has now published the book "Treasures of the Forgotten Forest". This was featured in BBC Wildlife Magazine (August 2004) and at the British Birdwatching Fair 2004. Some of the paintings were done in what is now the Jatunpamba Reserve.

The Jocotoco Foundation intends to increase the size of this reserve in future years, if sufficient funds can be obtained. The Foundation is a member of "Bosques sin Fronteras" which is a consortium of NGOs from southern Ecuador and northern Peru working to improve conservation in the Tumbesian region.

The World Land Trust is an international conservation organisation working to protect threatened wildlife habitats worldwide. The Jocotoco Foundation is the Trust's partner organisation in Ecuador.

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For more information, contact:
John A Burton
World Land Trust
Telephone: + 44 (0) 1986 874422

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