January 2000 Report
About Ecuador and the Upper Amazon
The Upper Amazon is an extremely diverse area. In the words of the late botanist Alwyn Gentry, "There is no other region in the world that surpasses the Upper Amazon in its cultural and biological diversity." In Ecuador alone, a country approximately the size of Colorado, USA, one finds 35,000 species of plants, 13 spoken languages with great regional diversity, 20,000-foot mountains shining above their cloud forest covered slopes, and the humid tropical rainforests that lie below. The Upper Amazon is a terrestrial treasure to behold and is considered one of the few remaining megadiverse "hot spots" on the planet. For these reasons and many more, the Upper Amazon presents itself as an important, strategic location to focus conservation and cultural efforts.
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2001 Annual Report