Santa Lucia Cloud Forest

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Santa Lucia Cloud Forest
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LocationEl Bosque Nublado Lodge, Santa Lucia
Nearest cityQuito, Ecuador

Santa Lucia Cloud Forest (Spanish: Bosque Nublado Santa Lucía) is a cloud forest reserve, located about 80 km northwest of Quito, in the province of Pichincha, in Ecuador. This is at the far south of the southern phase of the Choco-Andean Rainforest Corridor. Rainforest Concern works with the Santa Lucia co-operative, a community-based conservation organisation dedicated to conservation and to sustainable development so that they can make a modest living whilst conserving their remaining cloud forest.

The community owns over 5 km2 (1,200 acres) of montane cloud forest, of which about 80% is still in its prime, virgin state and the area has now been declared part of a Bosque Protector (Protected Forest). The community-based organisation formed by local campesino families manage their own resources and they have three basic aims:

  • to conserve and protect the cloud forest belonging to member families.
  • to develop sustainable sources of income for the members of Santa Lucía.
  • to benefit directly or indirectly the residents in neighboring areas.

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