Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Foundation Supports Tropical Andes Conservation

The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced grants totaling $3.4 million in support of conservation and sustainable development in the southern Tropical Andes.
Grants were awarded to fifteen nonprofit organizations working in Colombia and Ecuador to help preserve natural and productive ecosystems from the effects of climate change and development and secure their benefits for human well-being. Grant recipients include the Runa Foundation, which was awarded $325,000 to create incentives for sustainable forest management and strengthen the community resource rights of indigenous Kichwa in the upper Napo watershed in the Ecuadorian Amazon; Conservation International, which will receive $200,000 to create digital tools and bolster provincial and municipal planning processes to promote ecosystem conservation in the Ecuador portion of the Mira watershed; and Corporacion Semillas de Agua, which was awarded $200,000 to reduce the effects of cattle ranching and open-pit gold mining on biodiversity and the degradation of ecosystems in the central Magdalena-Cauca watershed of Colombia.

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