Aves y Conservacion (Birds & Conservation) was founded in 1986 and is a Bird Life Partner.
Our mission is to contribute to the conservation of birds, their habitats and the biodiversity in Ecuador, for the benefit of people and with their active participation.
- To Implement actions aimed at the conservation of birds and their habitats, and to promote sustainable development
- To Promote public awareness of birds and their habitats through environmental education and sharing of information
- To Influence decision-making on environmental issues
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 master's degree in management and conservation of protected natural areas. He is also a veterinary technician and a nature photographer.
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.
Rolando Hipo, nurseryman and President of the Alambi Community, started working with Aves y Conservacion in community development projects in the northwest of Pichincha, where he is from. Rolando is a farmer, community leader, bird guide and environmental educator in his community. He is also the Vice-President of the Parochial Government of Nono.