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Nature and Culture International

A passion for the diversity of life.

aka Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional   |   DEL MAR, CA   |  www.natureandculture.org

Mission

Established in 1997, Nature and Culture International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving biologically diverse landscapes in Latin America, in concert with local cultures, for the well-being of the planet. We’ve successfully implemented a locally-based conservation model, resulting in the legal protection of more than 20 million acres of forests and páramo grasslands in Latin America. Working at the subnational level and in focused, ecologically important landscapes, we have offices located in and around the areas we protect, providing us the opportunity to partner with communities to provide long-term impact.

Ruling year info

1998

President

Matt Clark

Executive Director of Latin America

Renzo Paladines

Main address

1400 Maiden Lane

DEL MAR, CA 92014 USA

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EIN

33-0773524

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The richest ecosystems on Earth, teeming with more species of life than anywhere else on the planet, are disappearing. Reaching from the arid Peruvian coast to high in the cloud forests of the Andean mountains and down to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon, South America houses an abundance of Earth’s biodiversity, which is vital to the healthy functioning of our planet. But we are losing over 50 acres —equivalent to 40 football fields — of these tropical forests every minute, and the consequences are dire.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest – roughly the size of the continental United States. It is home to 10% of all species on the planet, and produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen. Around 400-500 indigenous tribes call the Amazon rainforest home, and about 50 of these have never had contact with the outside world.

We are working with governments and communities in the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazon to protect these vital forests for the benefit of the entire planet.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Indigenous people

The Andes Mountains contain some of the greatest levels of biodiversity on Earth due to the extraordinary number of species found in its cloud forests and high altitude ecosystems. Many of these species are endemic – found nowhere else in the world – making this one of the world’s number one priorities for biodiversity conservation.

However, the Andes’ vital ecosystems are threatened by unsustainable practices that provide poor economic returns. One major threat is the destruction of forests for cattle grazing, after which the soil is depleted. Recently, these forests have become increasingly threatened by logging and today, just 5% to 25% of the original forest cover remains in most areas.

We are protecting the vanishing cloud forests of the Andes, known as a global biodiversity hotspot, by partnering with local communities and governments in central Ecuador to conserve 550,000 acres of precious forests.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Indigenous people

Nature and Culture protects a number of tropical deciduous forests - an endangered ecosystem with heavy rainfall for part of the year followed by a marked dry season. Our Alamos reserve in Mexico protects the northernmost tropical deciduous forests in North America, of which only 15% remains. This area supports the highest diversity of birds in Sonora, five species of wild cats including the jaguar, puma and ocelot, and 79 species of amphibians and reptiles. We also are working to conserve the Tumbesian dry forest in southwestern Ecuador and northern Peru that is home to sixty endangered bird species and many endemic plant and animal species.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
People of Latin American descent

Nature and Culture, in collaboration with Peru's National Park Service, seeks to establish the first marine reserve (453,000 acres) off the coast of Piura, Peru. Piura's coastal waters are part of the Humboldt Current Large Marine Ecosystem, critical natural habitat to endangered Humboldt penguins, green sea turtles, Galapagos fur seals and Chilean flamingos, in addition to Pacific seahorses, 54 fish species, 50 invertebrate species and Gorgonian corals that are endemic to the region.. The upwelling of cold, nutrient-rich water supports nearly 20% of the world's fish catch.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Indigenous people

Páramo grasslands are high-altitude ecosystems situated above the timberline but below the permanent snow line. Their vegetation is composed mainly of grasses, shrubs, and giant rosette plants. Recently, we have seen a surge in interest by municipal governments to protect these landscapes, which are often threatened by unsustainable agriculture, in order to secure a clean water supply for their people.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Awards

Best in America - certified by the Independent Charities of America 2008

Combined Federal Campaign

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Acres of land that gain formal protection status

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of acres legally protected per year by private, communal, or government reserves.

Total number of acres placed under legal protection.

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of acres legally protected by private, communal, or government reserves.

Number of acres designated as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of acres designated as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

Number of people receiving safe drinking water from community systems

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of people for whom we have secured clean water.

Number of new protected areas declared

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of existing protected areas managed

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of carbon emissions prevented (estimated by CO2 equivalent)

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of members from priority population attending training

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Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of sustainable livelihood projects supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of active water funds

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

As of 2019, 5 active water funds are protecting over 500,000 acres of watersheds.

Acres of watersheds currently protected

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Proud as we are of our accomplishments, we are in a race against time. We are losing tropical forests at a rate of 2-3% annually. If this rate of deforestation continues, we have merely 12 to 15 years before virtually all of the forests that are not already protected—and the myriad species they sustain—is gone forever. In the face of these threats, Nature and Culture has launched an ambitious plan to save 20 million acres by 2020. We will concentrate our efforts on these areas: • Conserve a thousand-mile ecological transect from the Pacific Ocean to the Amazon rainforest. • Lead the creation of new UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. • Protect millions of acres through the creation of new protected areas. • Support indigenous peoples to create extensive community reserves. • Work with municipalities to protect watersheds, conserving habitats and improving water supplies. • Support the protection of 100 headwater river basin areas – over 10 million acres – that gather rainfall for the Amazon River.

We are expanding our operations to triple the territory we cover, extending from our current base in Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru into Colombia, Bolivia, and Brazil. Our strategy of sustainable growth is to establish new regional offices while simultaneously building the capacities of our existing regional offices. Most importantly, we will scale our successful model of partnering with communities and governments to establish new protected areas.

Since 1996, we have been steadily building our presence through local and regional offices in Ecuador, Peru, and Mexico. This on-the-ground presence has allowed us to develop strong partnerships with the communities and governments that have the power to make conservation a reality. These comprehensive and bottom-up strategies result in sustainable conservation programs that truly work for the long-term.

Our number one progress indicator is the number of acres legally protected by reserves, parks and other conservation designations. To date we have led the establishment of 7.3 million acres of protected areas and 6.5 million acres of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. In 2015 alone, we helped protect 1.3 million acres.<br/><br/>Along with acres protected, the most critical indicator is the economic well being of the communities living in and near the protected areas we help to create. Our sustainable development programs exist alongside the conservation management plans for protected areas, helping shift local livelihoods away from extractive industries and towards sustainable income streams.

Since 1996, Nature and Culture International has catalyzed the conservation of over 15 million acres of threatened ecosystems in Latin America through the creation of 7.3 million acres of protected areas, and 6.5 million acres of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. We have worked with over 300 local and indigenous communities on sustainable development initiatives that increase livelihoods while living forests intact. With 9 offices in three countries, we are poised to triple our impact and protect 20 million acres by 2020. In 2015, we began our expansion by developing partnerships with local NGOs and institutions in Bolivia, Colombia, and Brazil.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nature and Culture International

Board of directors
as of 8/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Welborn

David Welborn

Ann Hunter-Welborn

Sheldon Engelhorn

Charles Smith

Ivan Gayler

Nature and Culture International

Susan Hart

Marcia Angle

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/14/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Keywords

Conservation, Biological Diversity, Cultural Diversity, Sustainable Development, Biodiversity, Environment, Rainforests, Amazon Rainforest, Tropical Forests, Endangered Species, South America,