Fundacion Futuro purchased nearly 1,300 hectares of forest to expand the Mashpi Reserve, an important objective for protecting wildlife.
As part of its initiative to conserve biodiversity, the private Mashpi reserve is expanding into the future. Fundacion Futuro recently acquired nearly 1,300 hectares of forest (about 3,212 acres), a significant achievement in protecting local wildlife. With this purchase, the Mashpi reserve will now cover 2,500 hectares, (about 6,178 acres), which takes it closer to meeting its goal of promoting natural conservation and connectivity of the Andean Chocó Region. This land was purchased through a “green loan” issued by a well-known local bank in Ecuador, PRODUBANCO-Grupo Proamerica.
The Mashpi Reserve is located in one of the world’s most biodiverse places, home to a stunning cloud forest and rare endemic species. This reserve, together with Fundacion Futuro, represents a sprawling beacon of conservation. The goal is to consolidate Mashpi reserve and build two ecological corridors to connect it to the north with the Cotacachi – Cayapas National Park and to the south with the Mindo – Nambillo Reserve and the spectacled bear corridor.
Photograph: New Land Credits: Carlos Morochz
The expansion of the Mashpi Reserve will facilitate the development of a sustainable landscape. To do so, Fundacion Futuro has proposed multiple projects to be implemented together with the communities of northwestern Pichincha. These projects are centered around governance, education and sustainable livelihoods for local residents. The fundamental objective being to maintain a healthy ecosystem that allows for species to successfully adapt to climate change and communities around the reserve thrive sustainably.
The Mashpi Reserve is located in the heart of one of the world’s most biodiverse places and is home to a stunning cloud forest.
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