Ceiba Foundation for Tropical Conservation

Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

Ceiba's goal is to save tropical biodiversity while helping people improve their lives and livelihoods.  Our focus is on Ecuador's unique coastal forests and orchid-rich cloud forests, two of the most threatened habitats on Earth.  We believe conservation can stimulate local development when rural landowners and communities are empowered to make informed, ecologically sound decisions.

Study Abroad

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

Conservation

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

Research

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

Notes from the Field

Lalo Loor Reserve Launches New Website

December 8th, 2020 | Joe Meisel

The Lalo Loor Dry Forest continues to take great strides towards becoming an entirely locally-run reserve, announcing the launch of their new website this week.  Now renamed Reserva Lalo Loor, the reserve’s 450 forested acres are managed today by Mariela Loor, daughter of the forest owner Mr. Lalo Loor.  Mariela, in partnership with Ceiba staff ...

Ceiba Covid-19 Emergency Relief

April 26th, 2020 | Julia Frangul

Ecuador is currently one of the hardest-hit Covid-19 countries in the world and rural communities are particularly at risk. Earlier this month, Ceiba launched an aid program to bring food supplies, soap, and masks to families living around the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve. We partnered with local entrepreneurs and business owners in the area ...

Lalo Loor Reserve Conservation Easement

April 18th, 2020 | Julia Frangul

On March 11th, 2020 Ceiba and the Loor family celebrated the signing of a 25-year conservation easement to protect a 430-acre remnant of one of the most threatened forest types in the world.  The agreement is the happy culmination of a 15-year partnership during which Ceiba protected and managed the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve ...