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Establishing The Jama Coaque Reserve

How can we protect one of the last remnants of forest in the Equatorial Pacific and preserve its critically threatened biodiversity?

During a visit to one of the last intact areas of forest on the Equatorial Pacific coast, we observed the negative impact of human activity on the natural environment: deforestation, forest burning, livestock grazing, and agriculture were reducing biodiversity and degrading the landscape.

Our initiative to establish the Jama Coaque Reserve began with acquiring 40 hectares of pristine land, later expanding to 100 hectares with the support of various stakeholders.  Today, this Reserve protects more than a 1000 hectares.   

Living among the Camarones community provided invaluable insights into their way of life and deepened our understanding of the local ecosystem. Through collaborative efforts, we constructed the Bamboo House, a sustainable living space and biodiversity research station that symbolizes our dedication to the preservation of the reserve while preserving local building traditions.

The establishment of the Jama-Coaque Reserve in collaboration with local communities, represents a significant milestone in conservation efforts in the region. As one of the few protected areas in the Equatorial Pacific, the reserve serves as a sanctuary for endangered wildlife, including numerous endemic species. Moreover, by preserving the forest, the reserve also safeguards vital water sources and contributes to the restoration of natural habitats.


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