Nature and Culture International works side-by-side with local cultures to protect biodiverse hotspots in Latin America for the well-being of our planet.
Bringing people together to save wild places.
Our strategy has always been to partner with local and Indigenous communities to protect nature. Over 80% of our staff lives in and works in the areas we protect. As trusted neighbors, we foster solutions that originate with local people. This gives our donors the most effective direct opportunity to help save wild places.
We’re making an impact
Protected 25 million acres…and counting
Saving wild places is our niche, we work with communities, cultures, and local governments to declare protected areas. Then we monitor and conserve those areas for the long term.
3.4 billion tons of carbon stored
The ecosystems we protect are critical carbon stores – many storing billions of tons. Carbon sequestration and storage are vital in our planet’s race to keep global warming below 2° celsius.
20 Indigenous and local cultures supported
Around 80% of the world’s remaining biodiversity is found on Indigenous lands. They have been, and continue to be nature’s greatest guardians.
111 Municipal Water Sources Protected
Nature & Culture harnesses the basic human need for clean, abundant water to drive conservation.
Support from around the globe
I believe Nature and Culture will be remembered in history as one of the few organizations that did the right thing, at the right scale, in the right place, and in time.E. O. Wilson
Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.Jane Goodall
“I spent two days with Nature and Culture’s staff looking at their reserves in Ecuador, and witnessed the magnitude of the organization’s impact. The joy of protecting these unbelievably rich and rare ecosystems, and in some cases the indigenous communities inside them, never goes away.”Peter Zahn
Our story is one of hope
In the early 1990s, Ivan Gayler was flying over the Amazon and he saw a web of logging roads and fires burning the lush forests. The sight brought him to tears and moved him to action.
“The world’s last great ecosystem was disappearing before my eyes.”
From the beginning, he recognized that conservation needed to happen at the local level, and he partnered with a local Ecuadorian conservationist and visionary, Renzo Paladines, and Nature and Culture International was born.
Nature and Culture now boasts an incredible team of over 150 local conservationists, legal professionals, and mapping experts working to save critical ecosystems throughout Latin America.
Since its inception, it has been the mission of Nature and Culture to work together with local cultures to save wild places.
With Nature and Culture, you can protect the largest remaining areas of biological and cultural diversity in the world. Nature needs us all to work together to save these critical ecosystems.