Researchers from the University have funded and assisted the reconstruction and expansion of the Timburi-Cocha Research Station in Payamino, Ecuador.
They have provided employment for the local community and facilitated biodiversity research in an area of high endemism as a result of their work on the Timburi-Cocha Research Station.
University of Manchester staff and students have played a vital role in preserving wildlife and indigenous culture in the area, and their fieldwork has discovered new insect species, recorded native birds and mammals, and proven that the community's agricultural practices are safe for wildlife.
These vital discoveries have armed the local government with the evidence needed to discourage oil and gold companies from investigating the region.
University researcher Professor Richard Preziosi, chair of the research station, says that exploration could devastate the region's wildlife, culture, and community.
Since 2005, around 80 life sciences students have travelled to the remote research station. Their work is essential to wildlife conservation.
According to the community's president, the station is "a thriving community project that has helped to keep oil companies and illegal meat hunting at bay, while enabling the community to preserve their way of life".
"Our studies prove there is an urgent need for conservation, enabling local people to make a stand against rich industries and illegal hunting, something they did successfully with an oil company two years ago."Professor Richard Preziosi / Professor of Ecological Genetics, The University of Manchester