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Ceiba has worked for years with underprivileged communities in Ecuador, and we are deeply committed to environmental justice. We applaud the contribution of the Black Lives Matter movement to a much-needed international conversation about racial injustice. The Foundation is committed to honestly analyzing and challenging our own biases, and to enacting concrete solutions that support black and indigenous people of color, and their rights to equal access to justice, education, and the environment.
Our 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.
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
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 ...
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 ...
In response to the global pandemic, the University of Wisconsin and Ceiba have suspended the field portion of the Tropical Conservation Semester, and recalled students back to their homes. While Ecuador has seen relatively few cases of COVID-19, it is clear that the virus will continue to spread around the world, and that everyone should ...