As we celebrate Earth Day this month, the Azuero Earth Project invites you to help expand our efforts to restore stream-side tropical dry forest habitat in Azuero. Last year we planted 5000 trees with 7 local cattle ranchers. This year the demand from landowners for reforestation partnerships is even greater. Riparian reforestation creates habitat for monkeys & other wildlife, connects existing forest, & enhances farm sustainability. Help make the 2018 planting season a success!
Panama's Azuero peninsula is a degraded agricultural landscape that is only 7% forested. Globally, less than 2% of dry forest remains. Extreme forest fragmentation endangers our endemic wildlife through habitat loss & reduces the productivity of local farmland. Climate change already affects Azuero's wildlife & communities through intensifying sporadic weather patterns & producing increasingly harsh dry seasons. Increasing tree cover will help local communities mitigate & adapt to these changes.
Your donation funds planting of native and fruit trees along streams on farms within AEP's prioritized corridor area. Together with farmers, AEP is connecting remnant patches of riparian habitat and ensuring long-term farm resiliency. Each planted parcel has 5+ years of monitoring/ chemical-free follow-up & a commitment to replacement planting within the 1st year.
This project restores habitat in 8 communities along an ecological corridor (80 km long; 393+ properties). Trees planted in 2018 will benefit 7+ farming families, their larger communities, and many riparian-dependent wildlife species such as the critically-endangered Azuero spider monkey. Your donation helps us support Panama's capacity to meet its national goal to restore 1 million hectares in 20 years.