The NUNA Project— Napo basin, the soul of biodiversity— started long before its official launch in 2018. The project was born with the scientists who integrate it today, with their enthusiasm to discover the natural wonders of Ecuador and with their awareness of how little we know of our most biodiverse areas. One of these is the Napo river basin: rich in ancestral cultures, ecosystems and species, but threatened by various human activities.
The project aims to explore and document the biological richness of the Napo River basin and the benefits it provides, share this knowledge with the people of Ecuador and safeguard it for future generations. In the first stage, the field work is focused on six representative sites of the basin: the Narupa reserve, Llanganates National Park (NP), Sumaco Napo-Galeras NP, Curaray, Antisanilla and Tiputini. The scientists who are part of the NUNA project are professors at Universidad San Francisco de Quito and experts in various groups of animals: birds, primates, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, spiders and bats, as well as plants, geography and genetics.
The support and work of the local populations of the Napo basin is fundamental to fulfill NUNA’s objectives of discovering and protecting the incredible biodiversity of this region. Their participation and collaboration facilitate the expeditions in the provinces covered by the project: Napo, Pichincha, Pastaza, Sucumbíos and Orellana.
The NUNA Project is made possible thanks to the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (USA) and is executed by Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in a strategic alliance with the Wildlife Conservation Society (Ecuador).