Riobamba, Ecuador

MAE Chimborazo: Ecuador’s Environment Ministry oversees the Chimborazo Wildlife Reserve. Created in 1987, it comprises 58,500 hectares (143,321 acres). The entire peak of Chimborazo is covered by glaciers, including Ecuador’s highest glacier. It is located 110 miles south of Quito. Chimborazo Mountain, the “King of the Ecuadorian Andes” is 6310 meters high (20,700 feet) and Ecuador’s tallest mountain. The Reserve protects 145 known endemic species, including the Andean condor pumas, and Andean fox. 



Restoration Leaders

Marcelo Patricio Pino Cáceres, Forest Engineer, is Director of MAE Chimborazo and Coordinator of the Natural Heritage Unit - MAE Chimborazo (Provincial Directorate of Environment Chimborazo). He is a specialist in flora, fauna and climate change, with a special focus on ecological restoration in Andean forests and páramos in the Sierra region of Ecuador. His twelve years of experience working in reforestation programs include the position of former director in the Ministry of Environment of the province of Chimborazo. Marcelo was responsible for the National Program of Reforestation PROFORESTAL. In addition, he directed studies in bofedales in protected areas, the ecology of the Andean forest, and a series of publications as Focal Point of the Vicuña project. He was also Coordinator of the Environment Unit’s Minka Sumak Kawsay Project. Its objective was to improve the quality of life of the rural people in the Chimborazo region.


Christian Paul Clavijo is the Administrator of Ecuador’s Sangay National Park. He has a degree in Biology and Tourism from Fundacion Zoologica del Ecuador. His eco-tourism and conservation experience includes eight years with the Ministry of the Environment as a Tourism and Wildlife Technician (Cayambe-Coca National Park Baja Zone) during which he conducted a Base Line survey for the development of tourist trails. As Protected Area Administrator (Parque Nacional Sangay Zona Alta), his responsibilities included implementing Operational Management Plans for the National System of Protected Areas, development of the Plan for the Management of Visitors of Sangay National Park, implementation of reforestation plans for soil conservation and recovery, and trials for the propagation of Yagual (Polylepis microphila).