Forest and stream in the Andes

Forest conservation for biodiversity and climate- Ecuador



South America


This project supports the conservation of 53,375 acres (21,600 hectares) of old-growth forest. The biodiverse landscape is a migration corridor and home to the Mountain tapir, Spectacled Bear, Bush Dog, Mountain Paca and Stumped Tailed Porcupine. In collaboration with Art to Acres, the funds raised will support local communities in conserving the lands on which they have historically lived. Art to Acres is an artist-founded, non-profit environmental initiative that partners with the cultural community for large-scale land conservation support.

Why did we choose this project?

The rainwater that falls in North America is part of a global interconnected hydrological system that is balanced, in part, by protection of the Andean rainforests. With climate health as a collective aim, we selected this project for its conservation of biodiversity and sequestered carbon stores, in addition to the local watershed being a clean drinking source for communities. Conserving land is important for our global health, biodiverse species and a balanced climate.

How does it work?

Your funding will support the declaration of a new municipal conservation area in the Eastern Andes foothills of Ecuador, a landscape covered in premontane humid forests. The landscape provides sustainable drinking water and hydrological system support, clean air, stored carbon protection and habitat for biodiverse species. The locally-led conservation process sees a community establishing a new protected area through civic means.

Star fact

In 1900 48% of the land's surface was covered by forests, and by 2018 that had fallen to 38%. It is critical to restore forests globally, they are home to 80% of the world's terrestrial biodiversity and approximately 2.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, one-third of the C02 released from burning fossil fuels, is absorbed by forests each year.

UN Sustainability Goals

03 Good Health and Well-being06 Clean Water and Sanitation13 Climate Action15 Life on Land

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6 Dec 2022



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