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UCLA Center for Tropical Research

Center for Tropical Research is based at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment. Since 2002, we have been working hand in hand with local residents to save rain forests in Latin America. Although we are active in the Amazon and other areas, the focus of our work is the Chocó rain forest. This global conservation hotspot combines extreme diversity and endemism with some of the highest deforestation rates in the world. Without active research, training, education, and development initiatives remaining rain forest will almost certainly disappear, with a great loss to biodiversity and to the wellbeing of the local populace. Our project combines top-level scientific research with on-the-ground training, education, and sustainable development to achieve lasting conservation. Our approach on both social and scientific levels is based on the inclusion and involvement of local residents. On a scientific level, we are conducting the studies needed to provide a solid foundation for conservation initiatives with a particular focus on endangered species like the Long-wattled Umbrellabird and the Banded Ground-cuckoo. On a social level, we train local community members and university-level students as field biologists, provide environmental education, and establish economically viable alternatives to deforestation. Our longterm goal is a management plan for the area that is formulated by, agreed upon, and implemented by the local population. Our work has been highly successful to date, and we seeking to expand the scope and breadth of our work.

Los Angeles, CA, La Kretz Hall, Suite 300, USA, 90095
Our mission is to achieve conservation results by combining highest quality scientific research with on-the-ground socioeconomic approaches in close collaboration with local residents.
Key programs & initiatives
Center for Tropical Research is a research arm of UCLA's Institute of the Environment that conducts conservation-related research in key areas around the globe. Our program in Ecuador combines this research with significant programs directed toward local residents. Our project in Ecuador is based on the following pillars:

·Research: We conduct scientific research with conservation implications on endemic and endangered species like the Banded Ground-cuckoo and Long-wattled Umbrellabird, and on ecosystem processes such as seed dispersal

·Training: We provide training and full time employment as biologists and environmental ambassadors to local community members and university-level students

·Outreach: Local residents working as Environmental Ambassadors make regular public presentations that educate members of their own and other communities on critical environmental issues

·Education: We provide environmental education to children, adults and teachers in 15 local communities

·Economic alternatives: We foster community organization and establishment of economically viable alternatives to deforestation such as organic cacao production
Geographic scope
Latin America
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