About EcoMinga

This blog keeps you updated about EcoMinga’s conservation work in Ecuador, and gives news about the plants and animals of our reserves there (discoveries, rare sightings, etc). We also have a website,
href=”http://www.ecominga.net/” target=”_blank”>www.ecominga.net, though that site has not been updated recently.

Our eastern Andean reserves. See more detailed map below. Our new northwestern reserve, the Dracula Reserve, is still being assembled and is not shown on this map.

Our eastern Andean reserves. See more detailed map below. Our new northwestern reserve, the Dracula Reserve, is still being assembled and is not shown on this map.

Fundacion EcoMinga (EcoMinga Foundation in English) is an Ecuadorian foundation with international sponsors, dedicated to the conservation of the unique foothill forests, cloud forests, and alpine grasslands (“paramo”) of the Andes, especially those on the edge of the Amazon basin in east-central Ecuador and those on the super-wet western Andean slopes of the Choco region in northwest Ecuador. The foundation was established in Ecuador in 2006, under the statutes and supervision of the Ecuadorian Ministerio del Ambiente. Its current directors and advisory board members include Juan Manuel Carrion, Mario Yannez, Renato Valencia, Catalina Quintera, Xavier Silva, Flavia Alban, Juan Kohn, Monica Andrade, Calaway Dodson, Nigel Simpson, Lou Jost, Lori Swanson, Juan Miguel Espinoza, Francesca Rota, Simon Cordero Espinoza, and Jo Twelvetrees. Javier Robayo is our Executive Director, and Juan Pablo Reyes is our reserve manager. Our reserve caretakers, who work full time guarding our forests and their plants and animals, are Hector Yela, Jesus Recalde, Luis Recalde, Fausto Recalde, and Santiago Recalde.

In the upper Rio Pastaza watershed (east-central Ecuador) between Banos and Puyo we have established seven reserves covering all elevations from 1100m to 3860m. Each of these reserves contains unique plant and animal species endemic to this watershed. These include the Rio Anzu Reserve (1100-1200m elevation, Amazonian foothill forest on limestone), Rio Zunac Reserve (1300-2200m elevation, very diverse cloud forest on granite), Rio Verde Reserve (2200-3000m elevation, cloud forest on volcanic rock), Cerro Candelaria (1700-3860m elevation, many different habitats including alpine grassland; our largest reserve with ca. 2700 hectares), Naturetrek Reserve (1500-2000m, rich cloud forest), Viscaya Reserve (2400-3100m, wet high cloud forest), and Chamana Reserve (2400-2600m, windy cloud forest). The total area protected is almost 5000 hectares (12000 acres). Most of these reserves adjoin national parks, which protect higher-elevation habitats; we extend their protection down into the much more diverse middle and lower elevations which are not protected. Click on the map below to enlarge.

Our reserves between Banos and Puyo. Click to enlarge.

Our reserves between Banos and Puyo. Click to enlarge.

We also have recently begun to establish the Dracula Reserve (named for Dracula, a genus of rare orchids) in northwestern Ecuador. More information will appear about that reserve when the major purchases are complete.

We need your help to continue protecting these forests. If you can, consider donating to EcoMinga. See our Donation page for instructions.

Este sitio da noticias sobre el trabajo de la Fundacion EcoMinga en el Ecuador, y tambien sobre nuestras animales y plantas. Por favor vease  www.ecominga.netwww.loujost.com para mas informacion sobre estos temas. Lamento que en este momento casi todo esta en ingles, pero poco a poco vamos a cambiar esto.

Gracias, thanks for visiting,

Lou Jost

6 thoughts on “About EcoMinga

  1. Hi Lou, I was in the audience at World Land Trust 25th anniversary event at the BAFTA theatre, I really enjoyed your presentation – shame you didn’t get more time up there on stage, really inspiring stuff!
    Scott

    • Hi Scott, thanks very much for your comment. I enjoyed giving that presentation, in spite of the time pressure. I hope to flesh out the presentation in posts on this blog.

    • Thanks very much Steve. I think WordPress doesn’t allow PayPal buttons or similar things, but our website, http://www.ecominga.net, has a page about how to donate (though it is a bit out-dated). In the US, the Orchid Conservation Alliance maintains a PayPal button for us; I’ll make a tab here on the WordPress blog to direct people to it. US residents can get a tax deduction if they go this route. Donors need to write me to let me know that they have done this, so I can follow up with it; write to my gmail account, username loujost. People in the UK can donate to the World Land Trust. People in other countries should write me directly; we have partner foundations in some countries that can accept donations and pass them to us. Note added Nov 15 2014: I’ve just added a Donate tab to our home page menu with full info about how to donate. Thanks for writing!! Best, Lou

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