A wildlife corridor from the coast to Mache Chindul

Habitat loss and segmentation are the primary causes of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation worldwide. Therefore, building a wildlife corridor is crucial to preserve the biodiversity of the Chocó rainforest in Esmeraldas.

August 2023: 300 hectares protected. The closest edge is 4.5 km to Mache Chindul.

The Corridor

We are actively engaged in expanding the wildlife reserve with generous support from our donors and strategic partners. Together with a community of like-minded neighbors, we've established the 'Conservation Network of Mompiche' (CoNeMo), which has resulted in the formation of a nearly continuous network of protected areas spanning 260 hectares.CoNeMo has a bold vision—to construct a protected wildlife corridor connecting the coastal region to the Ecological Reserve of Mache-Chindul. This entails acquiring additional land to bridge a gap of approximately 4.5 kilometers. Such efforts ensure the safeguarding of the rainforest and its precious inhabitants, shielding them from the perils of commercial, agricultural, or industrial exploitation. This, in turn, paves the way for the regrowth and rejuvenation of previously degraded areas.

Protected rainforest of Mompiche and the closest edge of the Ecological Reserve of Mache-Chindul in about 4,5 km distance.

Bridging the E15 "Routa del sol"

Even when the land is successfully connected, a significant obstacle remains: the Ruta del Sol, which spans a length of 115 kilometers and separates the coastal and hinterland regions. To unite the networked land with the reserve, we require a wildlife bridge or tunnel. These wildlife crossings serve as vital passages, ensuring the safe traversal of wildlife across heavily traveled traffic routes, including highways, interstates, and rail lines. Green bridges, in particular, play a critical role in linking fragmented wildlife habitats caused by increasing landscape fragmentation.

Possible spot for a bridge on the E15 Highway, east of Mompiche with a not so realistic but fun drawing of the bridge.

Possible position of a wildlife crossing bridge

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Preserving the rainforest.

Save the Paradise Foundation purchases and reforests tropical rainforest and legally designates the land as an ecological reserve. This ensures the forest, and its inhabitants, are protected from commercial, agricultural, or industrial exploitation and allows for the regrowth and regeneration of degraded areas. The Chocó Rainforest of Mompiche is part of the Tumbes-Chocó-Magdalena biodiversity hotspot. The Region extends from Panama to Peru and is the most threatened tropical forest in the world with 98% loss of it's tree cover on the Ecuadorian coastal regions.

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Better than buying land.

Instead of solely relying on land purchases to prevent deforestation, we embrace a more sustainable approach—empowering communities to take ownership and protect their environment. Discover more about our social-economic projects, including the development of a Community Center of Arts and Culture and about our project of building the Ariyani Chocolate Manufacture run by women.

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1 Wilson, M.C., Chen, XY., Corlett, R.T. et al. Habitat fragmentation and biodiversity conservation: key findings and future challenges. Landscape Ecol 31, 219–227 (2016).

2 Van Der Ree, Rodney; Heinze, Dean; McCarthy, Michael; Mansergh, Ian (December 2009). "Wildlife Tunnel Enhances Population Viability". Ecology and Society..