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Ceiba connects people and nature, saving tropical species and habitats while helping communities improve their lives and livelihoods. We focus on Ecuador's coastal forest and orchid-rich mountains, two of the most threatened ecosystems on Earth. Our approach keeps land in local hands by emphasizing conservation easements and financial incentives to promote sustainable land stewardship.
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime educational adventure in pristine tropical locales, and benefit from Ceiba’s twenty years of conservation experience and the academic quality of the University of Wisconsin
Your support protects critically threatened forests on Ecuador’s Pacific coast and in the Andes by launching locally-operated nature reserves and linking community development to biodiversity conservation
Ceiba scientists, volunteers, and researchers from around the world study how to protect nature and ensure that communities benefit from ecosystem services like clean and abundant fresh water
The Tropical Conservation Semester, Ceiba’s popular study abroad program, takes students on an extended exploration of Ecuador’s amazing and diverse ecosystems. From the high Andes and misty cloud forest, we spend two weeks in the Amazon basin (and the world’s most biodiverse place, Yasuni), and then journey to the renowned Galapagos islands. You can be ...
Ceiba Foundation’s annual course on Coral Reef Ecology is getting ready for Belize! 22 students have already taken coursework on fish biology, ocean dynamics, marine invertebrates, and the ecology and conservation of corals and their reef ecosystems. Along the way, they’ve designed research projects — ranging from parrotfish behavior to the impact of microplastics to ...
For a quarter-century Ceiba has been dedicated to protecting wild places, saving tropical species, and strengthening rural communities. We have emphasized building a world that is resilient to change: ecological, biological, climatic, and social. Ceiba’s conservation programs focus on saving critical remnants of pristine habitat, then connecting them with biological corridors. We invest in communities ...