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The Jama Conservation Corridor: Reforestation and Agroforestry to Reconnect Remnant Semi-deciduous Tropical Fo

€42391.56731

10/17 - 09/19

Achevé

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General

The rate of deforestation in Ecuador linked to unsustainable livestock and agricultural practices and illegal timber harvesting is one of the highest in South America; between 1990 and 2010 Ecuador lost 3.3% of its forest cover (978,537 acres). Deforestation and the ensuing land degradation reduces soil productivity leading to increased poverty and food insecurity in rural areas, while also threatening already endangered wildlife. The purpose of this project is to create the Jama Conservation Corridor spanning 69,189 acres in coastal Ecuador by supporting local, interested landowners with activities that will conserve and reforest parts of their land while encouraging sustainable livelihoods. This project will connect the last remnants of semi-deciduous tropical forests in coastal Ecuador through forest restoration, regeneration of abandoned cattle pastures, and groforestry, including silvopasture. Specific activities include: reforesting prioritized areas within the corridor; collecting baseline data for the flora and fauna in reforested areas; providing training to landowners in agroforestry; and facilitating educational outreach activities with local landowners, schools, and decision-makers on sustainable land use practices.