Foundation for Conservation & Development


To drive action through proposing a community-wide effort that contributes to the conservation of natural resources and the protection of the environment and that falls within the framework of sustainable development and the capabilities of the foundation.


To be a prestigious and competent organization with in-depth action plans for the sustainable use of natural resources and protection of the environment, in order to secure the well-being of future generations.

Fundamental Vision

To encourage the respect and protection of nature through the promotion of sustainable environmental projects, thus ensuring the biodiversity of ecosystems and the abundance of natural resources for the well-being of future generations.

General Objective

To be the driving force behind educating the local population on the necessity and the responsibilities involved with nature conservation and environmental protection at the institutional, communal, familial, and individual levels.

Objectives/Action Items

  • To address educational, social, ecological and economic aspects (public and private) through projects that promote the usage of sustainable practices, rather than traditional, in key watershed and ecological areas.
  • To educate and raise consciousness within the local population about environmental deterioration.
  • To strengthen inter-institutional harmony, enabling Colinas Verdes to partner with other organizations that share similar interests and maximize efforts towards the goal of reaching the objectives of the organization.
  • To strengthen the institutional capacity of Colinas Verdes for the completion of their objectives and planning.

General Strategies

  • Ecological Development with local participation.
  • Reduction in agricultural expansion by increasing land production through utilization of new technologies and practices.
  • Reduction of contamination through education and raising consciousness.
  • Inter-Institutional cooperation to strengthen forces between organizations who have common objectives.
  • To credit and support implementation of productive projects associated with conservation.


  • To work in cooperation and not competitively with other institutions.
  • To honor and respect all races, creeds and cultures.
  • To avoid discrimination or exclusion on a general level or any other distinction.
  • To have an organization based on honesty and positive critical thinking.


  • We are subject to the national politics of Ecuador; however, our main priority is in national environmental policies.
  • We are in favor of social justice and cultural rights.
  • We support the right for future generations to a cultural inheritance and an environment without contamination.

History of Colinas Verdes

The Colinas Verdes Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) formed in 1993 by a group of local environmental activists from the San Pedro de Vilcabamba area. This organization united for the same universal causes, to support the conservation of Podocarpus National Park and and to promote sustainable practices to help improve the standard of living for the local farming community. After a year of planning and organizing, Colinas Verdes was awarded their legal status from the Ministry of Agriculture. It is now recognized as an organization with the rights to give educational seminars, technical assistance, and project planning for the conservation of natural resources and the protection of the environment.

In June of 1995, the Colinas Verdes Foundation was awarded financing for their first project and in the years since, they have undertaken and completed countless endeavors which have all been based on the theme of improving the quality or life for the local communities while conserving the environment.

Saturday, 19th September
Official Registration No.422-18-April 1994
Ministerial Agreement No.141-MAG
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