Aves y Conservación

Pichincha, Imbabura, Azuay, Ecuador

Aves y Conservación (AyC) is an Ecuadorian non-profit founded 33 years ago, dedicated to the research and conservation of birds and their habitats, and acting always for the benefit of local people and with their active participation. AyC strongly believes in supporting local communities to empower themselves in the defense of nature and the generation of livelihoods compatible with conservation.

Restoration Leaders

Juan Carlos Valarezo is the Executive Director of Aves y Conservación-BirdLife in Ecuador. He also coordinates the project “Conservation of the Black-breasted Puffleg in Pichincha and Imbabura funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). Since 2001 he has worked with several conservation organizations within various geographic regions of Ecuador. Those experiences ranged from working with mestizo and indigenous communities in community development to ornithological research, creation of reserves, development of projects and environmental education. Juan Carlos is Doctor in Veterinary Medicine and has a master's degree in management and conservation of protected natural areas. He is passion about nature photography (Personal website: www.birdiblue.com). ..."For Aves y Conservación, being part of Acción Andina represents the opportunity to work on practical and urgent actions in favor of the environment, birds and the communities that use and guard these resources. It is an opportunity to meet South American organizations with similar conservation goals and challenges"...
Francisco Tobar is a Renewable Natural Resources Engineer with twenty years of practical experience in botanical research, propagation of native plants, floristic inventories and environmental impact studies. He has been linked to Birds and Conservation since 2017, an institution in which he works as a botanist in three conservation projects funded by the Swiss Federal Research Institute, CEPF and Acción Andina. She led the botanical collection of the plant-hummingbird interactions project (2017-2020), developed the first propagation protocols for 32 native plants and is responsible for training 10 female nursery-women from the Alambi and Palugillo communities with whom 120,000 trees are currently being propagated, all high Andean natives. He is the author of several scientific publications, including the description of new plant species for the Andes of Ecuador. ..."Accion Andina projects have several benefits, beyond the intrinsic value for the environment. Acción Andina provides communities with the practical tools and knowledge to recover their native forests; sites in addition to a great cultural importance. There are also economic benefits, since the same communities are responsible for the propagation of plant material, the management of forest nurseries and the planting of hundreds of miles of plants"...

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