A Community-based Conservation Corridor Management Program to Protect the Critically Endangered Ecuadorian White-fronted Capuchin
Our project aims to reduce drivers of deforestation threatening the Critically Endangered Ecuadorian White-fronted Capuchin monkey, and other threatened and endangered fauna, in the greater TFCC (~2000 hectares) of coastal Ecuador. Our ecological research program informs our forest monitoring efforts, strategic education activities and incentive programs for local citizens to participate in conservation and restoration activities that create sustainable economic opportunities. Promoting a culture in which local communities recognize both the practical and intrinsic benefits of forest stewardship will create both economic and environmental sustainability in the region and in turn will encourage responsible local land management.
- Employ locals to conduct field monitoring for illegal activities, and maintain research and security technology (e.g. camera traps) in the TFCC.
- Incentivize local landowners to plant heirloom cacao paired with native trees (forest-friendly cacao with above market value) informed by conservation research in degraded areas adjacent to the TFCC.
Community conservation education and outreach:
- Parabiologists with TMA staff scientists will host educational presentations in local community centers, highlighting local conservation themes and how land management practices impact the wellbeing of both humans and wildlife.
- Design and distribute educational posters about the TFCC.