Defending Intag cloud forests
Rainforest Concern has been working with DECOIN since 2000 on a number of conservation initiatives.
DECOIN was founded in January 1995 as a grass-roots environmental organization to protect the cloud forests of the Intag region of northwestern Ecuador. By enabling local communities to purchase forested land strictly for conservation, this area has a higher chance of long-term survival.
Community-led conservation and eco-tourism projects have helped to prevent a proposed copper mine from going ahead saving the area from destruction from toxic materials such as arsenic, lead, copper, chromium and cadmium.