ECUADOR: AN ARK ON LAND

Straddling both the Andes and the Equator, Ecuador is place of unparalleled biological diversity. 4,000 of the world’s 20,000 species of butterfly live in the country. Many live nowhere else.

But this biological richness is under intense pressure. The Upper Amazon is now being opened up for oil exploration with potentially dire environmental consequences. And on the Pacific slopes and mountains, deforestation rates are high and habitat has been reduced by 90%.

So what remains is a vital ark – for the future of thousands of animal and plant species.

Our partner – World Land Trust

World Land Trust (WLT) is a conservation charity based in Suffolk, UK. Since 1989 WLT has been working to preserve some of the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats. To date, it has helped protect over 200,000 hectares in Asia, Central and South America and the UK.

WLT works through local partners and non-governmental organizations, providing finance to help those groups buy land so it is protected. The ultimate ownership and management of the land stays with those groups too. WLT also helps with technical expertise, equipment, even publicity, all to encourage small-scale, sustainable development.

For every copy of Tropical Project: Ecuador sold, WLT will receive £2.50, enabling it to protect approximately 4 square metres of forest.

To find out more about the WLT and its work, visit www.worldlandtrust.org.