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 increasingly 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 and potential economic benefits. Successful experiences are shared with local farmers, who acquire the tools to make a living from planting trees instead of destroying trees.