Ecuadorian biodiversity is widely recognized as a treasure of the Tropical Andes and is critical to the integrity of the Amazon Basin. While Ecuador composes just 2% of the geographic area of South America, it contains numerous habitats and ecosystems of regional and global biological value.
USAID programs focus on conserving natural resources and biodiversity with an emphasis on indigenous territories, watersheds, and marine coastal areas. We work with communities, government authorities, and the public and private sector to improve the management of biologically significant land—reducing threats to the resources and increasing the sustainability of productive activities that use and/or impact those resources. In addition, USAID is building the capacity of communities and officials to apply best practices to natural resource management and productive activities, including production of organic crops, sustainably harvested natural resources (trees, crabs, tagua*, etc.), and ecotourism. These efforts reduce threats to the resources communities depend on and increase the benefits that are derived from these products.
*Tagua: A hard ivory like material obtained from the ivory nut and used in making small objects such as buttons
Last updated: May 10, 2013