The Ecuadorian Pacific Coast is an unforgettable panorama of beaches, ports, fishing villages, modern cities, and dense protected forests. Amid this beautiful intersection of nature and cities, the future of the marine environment and forests are in jeopardy as tourism and cities grow and threaten the region’s natural ecosystems. Located on the Coast are also some of Ecuador’s most marginalized communities, including Afro-Ecuadorian, ex-slave communities and relatively isolated fishing communities. These marginalized people often lack access to quality education, healthcare, clean water, and other important amenities. The Ecuadorian Coast offers unequivocal opportunities to work with local communities to advance conservation efforts and improve the well-being of marginalized people in Ecuador.