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Families and indigenous communities are receiving direct economic incentives to conserve their native forests. The program is alleviating poverty for thousands of Ecuadorians.

Ecuador’s forests are home to millions of people and species. They contain important water sources and store carbon that can help stabilize climate change. Through the Socio Bosque program, we are helping reduce deforestation while also alleviating poverty and strengthening local communities.

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Conservation International provides technical support for Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment to implement the Socio Bosque program across the country. We work with local nonprofits and indigenous communities to sign voluntary, 20-year conservation agreements that provide economic incentives for forest conservation. Each participant of Socio Bosque can voluntarily decide the number of hectares of forest or páramo (highland ecosystems) to enroll in the program. To have the highest impact possible, priority areas for implementation of the program are areas with high deforestation threat, high value for ecosystem services (carbon storage, water protection and biodiversity) and high incidence of unsatisfied basic needs. We also help facilitate partnerships among landowners and other organizations through workshops, environmental education and leadership trainings.

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Edit Item Text:We are working to improve the well-being of nearly 1 million people. The economic incentives provided by the Socio Bosque program directly benefit individual landowners and communities.
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Edit Item Text:We protect and strengthen the ecological, economic and cultural values of landowners and local communities. Funds generated through conservation agreements strengthen communities by providing benefits like housing, community saving funds, surveillance, conservation, education, health and ecotourism opportunities.
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Edit Item Title:Reduce deforestation
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Edit Item Text:We are working with the Ecuadorian government to protect more than 4 million hectares (nearly 10 million acres) of forests and páramos (highland ecosystems) that are globally important for carbon storage, biodiversity and freshwater supplies.
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EditText:CI is working with families in 163 communities to conserve more than 1.2 million hectares of forests in Ecuador.
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    * Figures as of November 2013.

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