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November 15 is National Philanthropy Day,  a perfect time for us to say THANK YOU to our supporters!

The Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation is dedicated to the protection and rehabilitation of tropical forests through community-based conservation, and education of the next generation of conservationists.  Founded in 1997, with headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin, we focus currently on conservation in Ecuador, the small South American country with the highest biodiversity on Earth, after Colombia.

We protect threatened tropical dry forests and tropical montane cloud forests together with local landowners.  We carry out research and manage a field station where scientists may work to understand the ecology of these ecosystems before they disappear.  We engage local and international learners in field courses and educational programs to train future conservationists and land managers.  We support local economic enterprises and agroforestry initiatives that bridge community development and biodiversity conservation.  We believe that conservation of biodiversity can work to alleviate poverty if local landowners and rural communities are empowered to make ecologically-sound land management decisions.

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TCS Students photograph flightless cormorants in the Galapagos

Apply Now for 2018 Tropical Conservation Semester in Ecuador

September 21st, 2017 | Joe Meisel

Spend five months exploring the incredible diversity of tropical ecosystems in Ecuador on this once-in-a-lifetime study abroad experience!  You’ll learn Spanish in Quito, follow monkeys in the rainforest, practice sampling techniques on the Pacific coast, ...

New School in Tabuga!

July 23rd, 2017 | Yasi Rezai

We are please to announce the completion of a new Tabuga school! Our fabulous staff were able to secure a grant from the Rioja Spanish government to fund construction of the school. Construction began in June ...

TCS Students Survey Agroforestry Plot

TCS Internships: Students Hard At Work

May 6th, 2017 | Joe Meisel

Students in the Tropical Conservation Semester are taking conservation in their own hands, and contributing valuable skills and inexhaustible energy to ongoing projects across Ecuador.  The internship component of the TCS program provides students with ...

It's National Philanthropy Day, and Ceiba sends a big THANK YOU to all our generous supporters who give their time and money to support conservation, education, poverty alleviation, and sustainability!

These photos come from the people of Tabuga, Camarones, and Don Juan, who are grateful for your immediate response after the 2016 earthquake in coastal Ecuador. Your gifts provided survivors with food, water, medicine, and electrical generators, and is helping their economy recover again.

Thank you for your compassion! We love you all!
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¡¡La primera cosecha de nuestra parcela de agroforestería!!

Esta semana hemos cosechado más de 40 libras de fréjol de palo (Cajanus cajan), tanto en verde como seco. Esta especie fue plantada fundamentalmente como un fertilizante natural del suelo. Como leguminosa sus raíces se asocian con bacterias fijadoras de nitrógeno y lo hacen disponible para las demás. Además, debido a su rápido crecimiento, proporciona sombra para las jóvenes plantas de café y cacao, protegiéndolas.

The first harvest from our agroforestry plot!!

Along this past week we have harvested more than 40 pounds of pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan), both as green and dried peas. This species was planted, mainly as a natural soil fertilizer. As a legume its roots associate with nitrogen fixing bacteria and made it available for the other plants. Furthermore, due to its fast growing, it provides shade for young coffee and cacao plants, protecting them.
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