Connectivity and Conservation in the Cotacachi – Awá Corridor of Ecuador

Connectivity and Conservation in the Cotacachi – Awá Corridor of Ecuador

PROJECT NAME

Development of an Interconnected Altitudinal Bio-corridor between the Awá Territory, Golondrinas Protected Forest and the Ecological Reserve El Ángel

FINANCED BY

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund – CEPF

PROJECT DURATION

August 2017– September 2019

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The aim of the project is to strengthen the Chiles – Mataje Altitudinal Bio-corridor, which is part of the Cotacachi – Awá Conservation Corridor, and will guarantee interconnectivity between the Awá Territory (ECU 70), the Golondrinas Protected Forest and El Ángel Ecological Reserve. This project proposes to achieve the following:

  • The consolidation of the Awá Indigenous Territory (ECU 70) through the zoning and delimitation of conservation areas (for entry into the Socio Bosque program), forming internal conservation corridors and the assurance of land tenure, territorial management and governance, thereby securing the protection of the community areas and conservation of endangered/threatened species.
  • The formation of a provincial “Area for Conservation and Sustainable Use” (ACUS) which guarantees connectivity between different established conservation areas and the incorporation of new areas.
  • The formation of an integration authority, dialogue and governance between the actors involved in the Chiles – Mataje Altitudinal Bio-corridor, including ACUS, indigenous organizations, local governments and civil society organizations.