Municipal Ecological Reservation Runahurco
Gualaquiza Canton, Ecuador
Our current focus is in the south of Ecuador in a territory called Área Ecológica de Conservación Municipal al "Runahurco" AECMR (municipal ecological area of conservation Runahurco). In the language of Quechua, Runa means human/people and Hurco mountain. The region lies In the Ecuadorian province of Morona Santiago and it currently spans over more than 87,976 hectares.
The reservation consists mainly of sensitive ecosystems of peatlands, foot hill rainforests and rural parishes: Amazonas, Bermejos, NuevaTarqui, Bomboiza, Chiguinda, El Rosario, San Miguel de Cuyes, El Ideal and residential part of the city Gualaquiza. The whole area is located in the Amazon tropical part of Ecuador but it also goes up to the subtropical evergreen mountain cloud forests of Páramos de Matanga mountains and Cordillera Moriré mountains.
Ecological Reservation Runahurco has as its principal objective the protection of biological and cultural diversity, the preservation of ecosystems and connectivity corridors of NP Sangay - Podocarpus, environmental protection, promoting sustainable use of natural resources and protection of water resources, mainly of those intended for human consumption.
Conservation Zone and Ecologic Reservation El Paraiso
The territory called Area de Conservación y Reserva Ecologica "El Paraiso" (El Paraíso means Paradise) is found in the Ecuadorian province of Morona Santiago. It is a part of nature reservation Runahurco and covers an area of 588,907 hectares.
The reservation is self-governed by the residents of Tumbez village and it lies 27 km north of the town of Gualaquiza.
El Paraiso is where our project began and where we are focusing our preliminary efforts.