Connecting Nature and People

Ceiba connects nature and people, 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.

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


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

Notes from the Field

More Forest Under Protection

April 20th, 2021 | Joe Meisel

In April, Ceiba established a brand new reserve on the coast of Ecuador, protecting some 1200 acres (500 ha) of rare and threatened tropical forest.  Thanks to our successful implementation of conservation easements to protect habitat while leaving lands in local hands, forest owners increasingly are turning to Ceiba for help.  Among them was Mr. ...

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 ...