Why we chose to protect the amazon

The Amazon is the most biodiverse forest on the planet, supporting countless ecosystems, and animal and plant species. Commonly referred to as the ‘lungs of the planet’, it holds a critical role in regulating the global water cycle, and in terms of carbon sequestration, the Amazon’s tropical trees can absorb much more CO2 than continental ones. Importantly, the rainforest is also home to multiple indigenous communities, as well as various plants used in life-saving medicines.

What is the problem?Expanding the Narupa Reserve is timely and urgent; recent improvements to road infrastructure in Ecuador have led to increased rates of deforestation in eastern areas of the country. In particular, premontane tropical forests are currently being deforested at an astounding annual rate of 9.8%.