Protecting the forests of the Jama Coaque Conservation Corridor in Coastal Ecuador
This is the second year of a two year project by Third Millennium Alliance, to establish a Conservation Corridor from the Jama-Coaque Reserve to the ocean. Once complete the Corridor will cover over 1,000 hectares in one of South America’s most fragmented landscapes, connecting Coastal Dry, Humid, and Premontane Cloud Forests. The two agricultural communities that neighbour the Corridor largely survive by logging, slash and burn agriculture, and cattle ranching, which has resulted in an increasingly fragmented landscape. This project aims to addresses the issues by expanding the extent of the forested landscape by planting 45,000 native seedlings in the natural forests and expanding agroforestry activities, as well as by establishing a 25 km Three Forest Ecotourism Trail for hikers and bikers that runs along the core of the Conservation Corridor. The combination of activities ensures the success of the Conservation Corridor by providing sustainable alternatives and economic incentives.