Wildlife & Landscapes

Restoring Ecuador’s Pacific Lowland Forests

Glass frog from Ecuador's lowland forests. Creative Commons: Brian Gratwicke, 2011.

Led by SavingSpecies, this project will support the development and implementation of multi-year restoration projects in the Pacific lowland forests of Ecuador, one of the most threatened and biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.

Human actions are driving species to extinction a thousand times faster than the natural rate. Most conservation efforts focus on big charismatic animals like tigers and elephants but this isolated strategy will not prevent the current free fall in global extinction rates. The majority of threatened species are lesser known with very unique habitats and small geographic ranges. These critically important animals and plants are concentrated in only a few global ecosystems that are unfortunately being decimating by the endless and indiscriminant need for resources.

SavingSpecies works to reduce the rate of extinction by identifying regions in the world where extinctions are concentrated, determining areas that need to be reconnected, and then acquiring and restoring the land so that biodiversity can flourish once again.

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