The Coastal Northwest Ecuador Forest Restoration and Connectivity Project:
- Expands the Jama-Coaque Ecological Reserve (JCR) in coastal Ecuador
- Creates native forest cover in the most threatened tropical forest in the world, biodiversity hotspot Tumbes-Chocó
- Is host to over 15 endangered or threatened species, including white-fronted capuchin monkeys, critically endangered emerald glass frogs, grey-backed hawks, and many more
- Connects and protects three distinct forest types (dry forest, tropical moist forest, and premontane cloud forest) along an elevational gradient—especially important for birds as climate changes.
- Protects land with a high probability of being deforested
- Ensures the site will remain protected through an alliance with Ecuadorian-based non-profits Grupo Ecológico Jama-Coaque (GEJC) and Third Millennium Alliance (TMA)
- Employs local workers
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Mammals: at least one and sometimes two troops of Ecuadorian white-fronted capuchin monkeys (Cebus albifrons ssp. Aequatorialis, with 12-20 individuals in each troop), which are listed as Critically Endangered by IUCN.
Birds: Ecuador harbors one of the greatest bird diversity in the world. This project is located within Important Bird Area EC010, with 13 globally threatened and near-threatened species, including the endangered grey-backed hawk (Leucopternis occidentalis), slaty becard (Pachyramphus spodiurus), and grey-cheeked parakeet (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera).
Reptiles and amphibians: of the species living on or near this project, nine are listed as Vulnerable, three are Endangered, and the Emerald Glass Frog (Cochranella mache) is listed as Critically Endangered.