Community Programs

A significant component of our mission is to foster and promote the empowerment of local landowners and communities.  By focusing on community-based conservation, we ensure that local people are involved in how their natural resources are managed.  In coastal Ecuador, we manage and collaborate on many projects which encourage outdoor environmental education among children and adults alike, as well as projects that facilitate sustainable management of private land.

We work mostly with the coastal communities of Tabuga and Camarones, which are located close to the Lalo Loor Dry Forest reserve.  Ceiba has worked with community members in a variety of projects ranging from sustainable micro-enterprises to water quality monitoring to, most recently, our Coastal Conservation Corridor project which extends along the coast from Pedernales to Jama.  In April of 2016, a massive earthquake virtually leveled Tabuga, and Ceiba sidelined many of our primary projects to coordinate disaster recovery efforts that lasted for nearly two years.  Happily, the community and the region have returned to economic, and geologic, stability.

We also host volunteers and interns who help local teachers integrate environmental studies in their curriculum and work with school children to create school gardens.  Our interns and volunteers have also been involved in leading field trip visits to the reserve so that students can take advantage of their close proximity to a pristine forest containing the region’s best example of the tropical dry forest.