Los Bosques de Azuero
a beneficio de nuestros proyectos de conservación
30 de Marzo, 2023
CONSERVATION AND REFORESTATION
CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION
In collaboration with local landowners, Pro Eco Azuero is restoring habitat along a biological corridor 80km in length, with a 10km buffer on each side - nearly 25,000 hectares - made up of nearly 400 privately owned properties. The project aims to gradually restore the critically important tropical dry forest ecosystem and support sustainable land use practices in the Azuero.
GROWING PLANTS & TREES SUSTAINABLY
Pro Eco Azuero supports its sustainable land management and habitat restoration initiatives through three in-house programs.
Each year we grow thousands of native, fruit and timber seedlings for planting out in the field during the June-July reforestation season.
We create micro-contracts with rural residents to grow saplings in home nurseries, which we then buy back from them for our reforestation season -their economic growth fuels habitat conservation.
We collect seed from local plants and trees to exchange with other community members and local seed banks.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the negative consequences of deforestation on the Azuero Peninsula?
Increased soil erosion and nutrient runoff, decreasing water quality
Decreased groundwater recharge and larger floods
Drier conditions increase stress on livestock and exacerbate climate change impacts
Reduced wildlife habitat and decreasing biodiversity
Reduced access to non-timber forest products, including healthy fruit products
What are the benefits of reforestation?
Lower soil erosion and nutrient runoff, resulting in more fertile soil and healthier livestock
Higher groundwater recharge, helping to mitigate droughts
Lower heat stress on livestock due to shade from trees
Greater biodiversity, resulting in improved pollination, dissemination and other ecosystem services
Economic diversification and food production, resulting in improved livelihoods
Carbon capture helping to mitigate climate change
Greater resilience to climate change impacts on the Azuero peninsula, which is identified as part of the FAO’s Central American dry corridor
How is our approach innovative?
Pro Eco Azuero works directly with local landowners, supporting collaboration and collective action, rather than purchasing or renting the land for reforestation. This builds ownership in the project and builds the capacity within local communities which will ultimately be responsible for long-term management of the reforestation effort and will inspire sustainable land use practices
"It's about shifting incentives on the ground for people who have been on that land and, through no fault of their own, engaged in practices that have degraded the land. Getting them to band together and restore the land..."
- Patrick Leung, Co-Founder and CTO of Earthshot Labs