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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.
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 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 ...
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 ...