Andes Action’s Lead Administrative & Implementing Partner
ECOAN (Asociacion Ecosistemas Andinos) is a Peruvian conservation non-governmental organization founded in 2001 and based in Cusco. ECOAN's mission is to provide sustainable, long-term protection and restoration of threatened Andean ecosystems in partnership with local communities and authorities. ECOAN achieves its mission through land protection and management, reforestation, community engagement, applied science, and developing long-term funding mechanisms for projects. Among ECOAN’s accomplishments are:
- A 20 year track record of community reforestation in Peru resulting in more than three million native trees planted to restore ecosystems that offset climate change, protect and create important water sources, provide habitat for endangered biodiversity, prevent erosion, and support indigenous communities.
- Ecosystem protection, restoration and management of more than 30,000 hectares (74,000 acres) of critical habitat for biodiversity and climate change resiliency identified as conservation priorities by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), CEPF (Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund), and within Peru’s National Plan of Action. Species benefiting include the Spectacled Bear, Marvelous Spatuletail, Royal Cinclodes, and Junin Grebe.
ECOAN is a founder of the Andes Action initiative and its lead administrative and implementing organization.
Andes Action Principal Coordinator
Constantino Aucca, President and Co-Founder, ECOAN
Constantino (Tino) Aucca, is a leading authority on community-based conservation, including the restoration and recovery of high Andes Polylepis forests.
ECOAN’S Restoration Leader
Gregorio Ferro is a founding member of ECOAN. As the General Coordinator of ECOAN projects, Gregorio is the organization’s coordinator for the recovery and restoration of Polylepis forests. A biologist and graduate of the University of Cusco, he has also collaborated with international scientists in multiple expeditions studying the endangered birds of Peru. His commitment to the local communities is reflected in his ability to speak their language. Quechua helps him understand and better perform his work with the high Andean communities.
Technicians/Field & Production Coordinators
Magaly Roca is an agronomist. As a specialist in the production of native plants for agroforestry and forestry, she is focused on helping vulnerable agrarian communities struggling with poverty. Her work to increase opportunities for sustainable development includes advising community organizations on how to advance ecotourism in the Peruvian Andes.
Jhon Steve Cansaya Carrion is responsible for Water Balance and Carbon Studies and is in charge of ECOAN’s Ecosystem Services’ Polylepis Forest Conservation Project in the Vilcanota Mountain Range. A graduate of the Faculty of Biological Sciences of the National University San Antonio Abad of Cusco - UNSAAC, he is a specialist in environmental issues related to environmental services. Jhon previously worked in botany, ecology and herpetology in the Manu National Park.
Darwin Miranda Romero, a biologist, specializes in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) , including for the Management of Natural Resources and Environmental Management - GORE Cusco; the preparation of the Master Plan of the ACR Choquequirao (2011 - 2013); and preparation of proposal profiles for regional Conservation Areas, in GORE Cusco. Since 2015 he has been working for ECOAN as a full-time GIS specialist, developing proposals for Private Conservation Areas in the Amazon and Cusco regions. Darwin graduated with a degree in biology from the San Antonio Abad University of Cusco in 2009, specializing in the study of the diversity and distribution of bird populations, An amateur nature photographer, he contributed to the study of the diversity of birds in the Cusco region for the project:Territorial Ordering Cusco Region (2007 - 2009). He also participated in the Evaluations of the diversity of Birds in Forests of Polylepis, together with ECOAN, in the departments of Cusco, Ancash and Ayacucho (2005 - 2010).
Adrian Torres Paucar, ECOAN’s Assistant Director, helps coordinate the organization's conservation and restoration projects throughout Peru. Adrian is a member of the Department of Ecology of the Natural History Museum of the National University of San Marcos, which specializes in desert, Amazonian, high Andean and montane forest ecosystems. Trained as a biologist, his studies have concentrated on plant-animal interactions and processes of ecological succession. Adrian is also a scientific and nature illustrator.