In an ecosystem as severely fragmented as coastal Ecuador, it is not enough to merely conserve the last remnants of standing forest. TMA conducts reforestation and agro-forestation projects in degraded lands surrounding the Jama-Coaque Reserve as means to: 1) reduce resource pressure on existing native forests; 2) expand the forest along its edges and bridge the gap between forest fragments; and 3) create a long-term and sustainable revenue stream for local landholders.
As much as 98% of native forest in coastal Ecuador has already been lost. What little forest remains is dispersed throughout the region in a mosaic pattern, characterized by a large number of relatively small fragments of forest (i.e., 2-10 km²), tenuously connected by riparian corridors or forested ridge lines. TMA’s work is aimed at strategically reforesting and agro-foresting cleared land, thus expanding forest habitat and creating key migratory channels for threatened wildlife while simultaneously creating jobs and sustainable revenue opportunities for local residents.
Focal Native Tree Species
Restore the degraded landscape surrounding the Jama-Coaque Reserve through active and large-scale reforestation activities
Develop incentives programs to encourage local landowners to participate in reforestation activities on their own land, with a specific focus on landowners immediately neighboring the Jama-Coaque Reserve and/ or along important biological corridors
Reduce resource pressure on existing native forest and help generate steady revenue streams for local landowners by engaging them in Third Millennium Alliance’s Community Agroforestry Initiative
Carry out reforestation experiments to determine the most efficient and successful ways to restore the degraded landscape