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.