This project's goals are very simple: plant 1000 Amazonian trees on deforested land in the Peruvian Amazon, and purchase 100 acres of rainforest to be protected forever.
Tambopata is a world biodiversity hot spot, and one of the Amazon's most diverse forests. Each year, the Tambopata region is affected by migratory agriculture, illegal gold mining, and timber harvesting. Key species of trees are becoming endangered. Some of the most useful trees are becoming so rare that the species' populations have dipped into unsustainable levels.
Camino Verde works to plant key tree species and protect these trees in the wild. We focus on the most over-exploited trees, and plant high quantities of each species (50-500 trees) to ensure a diverse genetic stock from which to draw seed.
Key tree species are maintained at genetically viable levels. New seeds drawn from these trees display a healthy, diverse genetic profile. Tree species' potential for inclusion in future reforestation is evaluated, along with growth rates, etc.
We kept hoping that somebody would appear who would work to protect the trees that are so important to people in this area and in the world. Nobody was doing it, so we decided to do it ourselves. - Robin Van Loon, Executive Director, Camino Verde
Total Funding Received to Date: $41,279
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $8,721
Total Funding Goal: $50,000