The MAQUIPUCUNA FOUNDATION was founded in 1988 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of Ecuador's biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources. The foundation promotes the participation of local communities in its programs. Objectives and activities of the foundation include:

  • Establishment and management of private and governmental nature reserves.

  • Scientific, social and archaelogical research to achieve ecological restoration and cultural preservation.

  • Implementation of ecotourism programs for generating local economic opportunities

  • Environmental education and training of rural communities to promote sustainable use of natural resources.

  • Development of community-based resource management programs.

  • Promotion of inter-institutional cooperation