Guardian Angel: Tragedy and triumph in the Los Angeles watershed

Rare Conservation Fellow Gina Julieta Marín Ospina poses with her campaign mascot - the highland motmot - and a volunteer.

8:00 a.m. March 22, 2013. World Water Day in the town of Alcala, Colombia. A gathering of more than 800 people buzzes with activity, led by a very special individual — Gina Julieta Marín Ospina. Gina is a Rare Conservation Fellow working to protect the lower Los Angeles watershed near Alcala. Over the past few months, in partnership with Rare, she has planned a targeted marketing campaign in three municipalities to engage communities in protecting their water resources. Today she will launch the campaign. Continue reading

Video: Reciprocal Water Agreements and Rare

Rare's Water Agreement Specialist Robert Yaguache

In 2012, Rare and it’s partners successfully completed 11 wateshed protection programs in the Andes. Rare is now repeating what worked in 13 new sites including expansion into Mexico. Continue reading

Video: Water, Cattle & Puppet Shows in Ecuador

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“The most important thing is interacting with people,” says Marco. “That is the fundamental element that Rare has taught me in order to achieve a change in behavior.” Continue reading


Fellows practice yoga three times a week at ITESCO University in Guadalajara.

Impact on personal, professional and planetary levels Eight master’s degrees, two pregnancies, one marriage, two home purchases, one birth. Luis quit smoking. Jaime gained eight kilograms. Marco lost just as many. The 11 Rare Conservation Fellows who just completed their … Continue reading

When the streets got their names: Watershed protection kicks off in Zumba, Ecuador

On January 2, 2011, while most people around the world slept off the last champagne bubbles, Luis López left his home at 6 am to get to work. In the heart of the Andes, near the Peruvian border, López spent … Continue reading

Photo of the Day: 2 campaigns, unable to cross border, working on same goal

This photo has two campaign managers — Luis Lopez from Ecuador and Helder Aguirre from Peru — working on the same goal (protecting watersheds in the Andes), in different countries, unable to cross each other’s border. Their campaigns are each … Continue reading

How bees in Bolivia can protect watersheds and make locals money (video)

A video describing how community agreements to protect water flows from cloud forests can sustainably protect wildlife habitat in Los Negros Bolivia. Rare is replicating this approach with partners in the Andes. Video produced by TVE and used with permission … Continue reading