Lilacine Amazon- Efrain Cepeda- Las Balsas
Status
Funded

Ensure long-term survival of the Lilacine Amazon parrot

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Project Overview

The Las Balsas Reserve will protect the last and largest wild population of Endangered Parrots in Ecuador from deforestation and poaching

  • Species at Risk

    3 species

  • Carbon stored

    Need carbon density*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco

  • 209 Acres Conserved by

    Purchase

Project Cost: $310,734
Funding Raised: $310,734

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Ecuador
Acres

209

Project Overview

The Las Balsas Reserve will protect the last and largest wild population of Endangered Parrots in Ecuador from deforestation and poaching

  • Species at Risk

    3 species

  • Carbon stored

    Need carbon density*

    *(metric tons of CO2 equivalents)
  • Partner

    Fundación de Conservación Jocotoco

  • 209 Acres Conserved by

    Purchase

Project Cost: £228,334
Funding Raised: £228,334

Please note that your donation may not be immediately reflected in the funding thermometer above.

Ecuador
Acres

209

Safeguard forests high in species diversity and endemism

Western Ecuador is part of the global Chocó-Tumbes biodiversity hotspot, a narrow swath of land from the Andes to the Pacific along western Colombia and northwestern Ecuador. The habitat in the proposed protected area consists of primary and secondary forests that are some of the best remaining semi-humid forests in western Ecuador.

The proposed reserve will safeguard threatened species such as the Critically Endangered Ecuadorian White-fronted Capuchin and the last wild population of the Endangered Great Green Macaw.

Rainforest Trust and local partner Fundación Jocotoco seek to purchase and protect 209 acres of forest to create the new Las Balsas Reserve, which will also safeguard vital populations of the Endangered Lilacine Amazon. The illegal pet trade could decimate the population if allowed to continue. Rainforest Trust will purchase land containing their threatened roosting sites.

Did you know?

424

bird species live in the proposed reserve area.

Explore Las Balsas

Great Green Macaw photo by Martin Mecnarowski
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Varied White-fronted Capuchin
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Great Curassow Male photo by Andy Morffew
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The Threat

Protect rare parrots from deforestation and poaching

The proposed reserve is home to 424 bird species, 18 amphibian species, 18 reptile species and 14 mammal species. Deforestation threatens all endemic species found within this hotspot with extinction. But the area still harbors the southernmost Jaguar population on Ecuador’s west Andean slope, a healthy population of Critically Endangered Ecuadorian Capuchins and possibly the last population of the Vulnerable Great Curassow in the country.

What We're Doing

Support our community solution

The Las Balsas community of approximately 400 people supports conservation and has placed about 24,710 acres in the Ecuadorean Socio Bosque program, which compensates individual landowners and communities for land committed to conservation for 20 years.

Once the reserve is created, Fundación Jocotoco will identify key unprotected foraging and nesting strongholds for Lilacine Amazons and launch a campaign against the illegal parrot trade with Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment. The local community will help develop low-impact land use methods, and a park guard and a Lilacine Amazon tracker will be employed.

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