Choco-Andino Model Forest is tucked into the Ecuadorian Andes within the Province of Pichincha, north of the capital city of Quito. The proposed Model Forest area covers 124, 296 hectares and has a human population of approximately 18,000. Moreover, the territory has two Biodiversity Hotspots, Tumbes-Choco-Darién and Tropical Andes, making it a key area for conservation at a global level. Part of their strategy to help conserve these areas has been to use the Model Forest principles to develop and strengthen a multi-stakeholder platform at the landscape level.
In December of 2015 a site visit and evaluation was conducted by representatives from the International Model Forest Network (IMFN) Secretariat and the Ibero-American Model Forest Network (RIABM) to assess if the proposed Model Forest in Choco-Andino meets the requirements to be integrated into the RIABM and IMFN. The proposal is now awaiting the final approval of the RIABM Board of Directors, which will meet for their Annual General Meeting in Puerto Rico March 9th 2016.
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