Quito, Ecuador


Aves y Conservación (Birds & Conservation) was founded in 1989 and is a Bird Life Partner. It is dedicated to research on birds and their natural habitats, as well as conducting activities to ensure their effective conservation. In addition to reforestation projects with Acción Andina in the Pichincha and Imbabura regions of Ecuador, AyC strongly supports the empowerment of local communities to protect nature for their own benefit. Active participation in their projects provides opportunities to support sustainable livelihood alternatives, such as by developing women’s capacities in managing tree nurseries. AyC tree nursery teams are managed almost exclusively by women, including single mothers, and provide excellent education to their staff who are then able to conduct workshops and training talks in new nurseries.



Executive Director

Juan Carlos Valarezo is Executive Director of Birds & Conservation-BirdLife in Ecuador. He also coordinates the project “Conservation of the Black-breasted Puffleg in Pichincha and Imbabura,” funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund(CEPF). Since 2001 he has worked with several conservation organizations within various geographic regions of Ecuador. Those experiences ranged from working with mestizo and indigenous communities in community development to ornithological research, creation of reserves, development of projects, and environmental education. Juan has a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a master’s degree in management and conservation of natural protected areas. He is also a nature photographer.


Acción Andina Project Coordinator

Francisco Tobar is an Engineer in Natural Resources Management with a specialization in botany. Francisco has worked in reforestation projects and propagation of native plants in the Galapagos Islands. He is a botanist in the "Plant-Colibri Interactions" projects, financed by the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL), as well as in the conservation project of the Black-breasted Puffleg, funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). Francisco is Technical Director of the Botanical Garden of Quito.