The Conservation Program of the ALTRÓPICO Foundation is based on the principle of community participation in the management of natural resources. This concept places conservation at the service of local communities; contributes to the conservation of nature through sustainable management of its resources; and responds effectively to the needs and concerns of the people.


Improve the management capabilities of communities in the conservation, use and management of natural resources in public and private areas, in a sustainable manner, through a continuous process of training, technical advice and joint work, where decision-making is participatory and responds to the needs and concerns of the people themselves; to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life and the conservation of the biological wealth of the region.

Fields of Work

We support the consolidation of ethnic, community and protected areas; through the delimitation of conservation areas, updating of management plans, training in territorial management, management of economic resources and legalization of territories.

  • Consolidation of private, public and community protected areas and indigenous territories in Carchi, Esmeraldas and Pastaza: La Esperanza Community (Chical Parish), La Sirena Community (San Lorenzo Parish), public protected areas such as the Golondrinas Protective Forest, Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve and El Ángel Ecological Reserve, Mache Chindul Ecological Reserve, ethnic territories such as La Esperanza Commune (Tufiño Parish), Playa de Oro Commune (San Lorenzo Parish and Eloy Alfaro), Chachi Centers and Afro Ecuadorian communities (Eloy Alfaro Parish) and Sapara communities ( Pastaza Province).
  • Delimitation and entry of 130,000 hectares of conservation areas to the Incentive Program of the Ministry of Environment – Socio Bosque Program, this in the provinces of Carchi, Esmeraldas and Pastaza.
  • Training for the elaboration of investment plans and accountability of the communities that are in the Socio Bosque Program, for continuity in the Program.
  • Promotion of sustainable productive activities (fish farming, native bees and community banks) in the communities that are part of the Socio Bosque Program for an optimization of the resources they receive.
  • Support in the preparation of management plans for protected areas as part of the process of territorial consolidation. Also, collaboration in a training process for park rangers and community guides with the Provincial Government of Carchi, the Ministry of Environment and Randi – Randi.

Through Environmental Education we foment awareness of and sensitize the population to environmental problems so as to strengthen their values and capacities. We encourage new attitudes in favor of the environment through initiatives such as forums, bird sightings and environmental events.

  • Training, sensitization and awareness of environmental problems and appraisal of the region’s biological wealth through events, ecological groups and environmental fairs
  • Training in topics such as: Solid Waste Management, Green Schools for students and teachers of the Educative Networks of Chical, Madonado, Tululbí and Alto Tambo. The educative campaign was carried out with dramatizations and puppets.
  • Formation of 10 ecological clubs which carry out pedagogical, cultural and environmental exchanges, ecological days, educative campaign to sensitize and educate people on the proper management of solid waste and the protection and recovery of bird wildlife.
  • ALTRÓPICO has facilitated the holding of 3 Environmental Education forums at the level of the Carchi province. These forums are spaces where institutional actors, communities and youth-groups analyze the progress in Environmental Education in the region.
  • Creation and coordination of the “Conteo Navideño Binacional de Aves Chiles – Chical – Maldonado” (the Bi-national Christmas Bird Count) in Ecuador and Colombia, of which there have been 5 editions. There is an important participation of youths during the revaluation of the existing biodiversity in the area.

We promote the implementation of environmental service models that revalue the biological, landscape and natural wealth of our territories and their contribution to the maintain a balance in the local and global ecosystem.

  • Implementation of a Model for the Compensation of Environmental Services, which seeks to conserve 6507 hectares of páramo, belonging to the Commune La Esperanza, and to improve the quality of life of its inhabitants. The importance of its conservation is that this zone provides important environmental services, including the provision of water for human consumption, electricity generation and irrigation.
  • In collaboration with WWF-Colombia the “metodología Bosques de Alto Valor de Conservación” – BAVC (High Conservation Value Forests) methodology is being implemented as a tool to elaborate the Territorial Ordering Plan.

We promote alternatives for an efficient and sustainable use of resources, such as improved wood stoves, biodigesters and solar dryers, as a contribution to mitigate climate change.

  • Construction of biodigesters and decontamination pools for the management of animal waste, as well as the construction of improved stoves to reduce the consumption of firewood.

Part of the focus for community development is the institutional articulation and coordination, where ALTRÓPICO maintains coordination and work agendas with various organizations at the local, regional, national and bi-national levels.

  • ALTRÓPICO is a member of CEDENMA, UICN, FSC and TICCA where they analyze environmental politics and actions. Furthermore, ALTRÓPICO is part of the “Mesa Circuitos Cortos de comercialización” (short circuits table of commercialization) in Esmeraldas and San Lorenzo, “Mesa de trabajo Binacional de Cuencas” (bi-national watershed work table) Ecuador – Colombia, “Mesa de trabajo de la ADECARCHI” (work table of ADERCARCHI), “Mesa de Bio-corredores de Conservación en la zona 1 MAE” (table of bio-corridors of conservation in zone 1 MAE), “Grupo de Apoyo Interinstitucional del Bosque Protector Cerro Golondrinas” (interinstitutional support group of the Cerro Golondrinas protected forest).
  • This work was carried out through coordination with the provincial governments of Carchi and Esmeraldas, the municipalities of Tulcán, San Lorenzo, GAD parishes of Chical, Maldonado, Goaltal, Jijón and Caamaño, Tobar Donoso, Alto Tambo, Tululbí, Luis Vargas Torres.

We promote an improved access to and improved quality of water, as well as environmental sanitation and measurement of hygiene, to improve the state of health at the community level and recover the quality of water sources

  • The establishment of 7 community water systems that guarantee the access to and quality of water for human consumption in the communities of: San Salvador, Mono Manso, San José, La Magdalena, Canalón, Balzar and Santa Rosa de los Epera.
  • The formation and legalization of 6 Drinking Water Management Boards in the aforementioned communities, the purpose of which are to work with the sustainability of the established water systems.
  • The construction of 30 dry latrines in the communities of San Salvador, La Magdalena and Canalón, as a strategy to manage solid waste, reduce contamination/pollution and prevent infectious diseases.
  • The implementation of a environmental awareness campaign about the management of solid waste and contamination/pollution in rivers.