Jocotoco reserves offer a unique opportunity to do research on biodiversity, conservation, biogeography, climate change and much more. Within our network of reserves, you will find a great diversity of ecosystems such as the Humid Tropical Forest of Chocó, Amazonian Humid Forest, Dry Forest, Cloud Forest and Andean Paramo; with several facilities to receive researchers.
Your research is extremely important for Fundación Jocotoco, to understand patterns of biodiversity, collect short and long term monitoring data, and to take in situ conservation actions supported by science.
Visiting our reservations is a unique experience!
Maybe you will find a new species for science
- Submit a scientific research proposal
In your proposal, present the objectives of the research and what methodology you will use to develop your research, and send it to our Conservation Director Michaël Moens.
- Obtain research permits from the Ministry of Environment of Ecuador
To carry out scientific research in Ecuador, it is necessary to obtain a permit granted by the Ministry of Environment. Also, if you plan to collect genetic samples, you need a "Genetic Resources" contract issued by this public entity.
We can help by contacting the Ministry officials to expedite the process. Once the permits have been obtained, send them to our Conservation Director Michaël Moens.
- Signing an agreement with the Fundación Jocotoco
Once the research proposal and the permits from the Ministry of the Environment have been received, the official research agreement will be signed and you can start planning your visit to the chosen reserve to carry out your project.
- The logistics of your trip
Our allied company, Jocotours, will be in charge of helping you with obtaining transportation and lodging once the research agreement is signed.
We have very comfortable tourist facilities in five of our reserves (Canandé, Tapichalaca, Jorupe, Copalinga and Buenaventura) and we are adding facilities to improve the quality of your stay in the rest of the reserves.
In Antisanilla, there is the possibility of staying in a historic house in the middle of the Páramo. We also offer camping in all our reserves.
We have facilities that allow us to take into account our reserves (Canandé, Tapichalaca, Jorupe, Copalinga and Buenaventura) and we are adding facilities to improve the quality of your stay in the rest of the reservations.
In Antisanilla, there is the possibility of staying in a historic house in the middle of the Páramo. We also offer camping in all our reservations.
Fundación Jocotoco supports your research projects. We invite you to explore the different species of fauna and flora that exist in our reserves.
Read some articles published by different scientific journals and researchers made in our reserves.