Efraín Cepeda Duran
From the moment you meet him, Efraín Cepeda’s passion for the natural world and its conservation becomes apparent. Formerly an agronomist, his career in conservation began in 2007 as a reforestation assistant at Fundación Jocotoco’s Yanacocha Reserve, a place he describes as “truly spectacular”. Jocotoco Executive Director Martin Schaefer comments on Efraín’s “tremendous personal growth and leadership,” adding “Perhaps most telling is that he now advises us on how to solve legal issues around some of the reserves he manages.” This is because, as Director of Northern Reserves, Efraín is now directly involved in one of Jocotoco’s most ambitious conservation initiatives yet, the expansion of its Río Canandé Reserve. Efraín and his family live in Quito, so his job requires much time away from home – a considerable sacrifice. But he says “This is the largest conservation project in the Ecuadorian Chocó region and I am proud to be part of it. Now I feel that with my work I can leave a positive footprint for conservation and that motivates me to continue.” ICFC donor Wendy Reimer recently visited Ecuador to see first-hand the results of her support and fundraising efforts for the Chocó project. She credits Efraín with securing her continuing support and told us: “Efraín greeted us with a huge smile and palpable enthusiasm, despite the long drive from Quito to Canandé. He shared a wealth of information regarding land acquisition and conservation efforts in this region.” Bravo Efraín, keep up the good work!
“It has been inspiring to watch Efrain become one of the most effective leaders of our conservation programs in Ecuador.”
- David Agro, Chairman, Fundación Jocotoco