Reforestation & Restoration

  • Hectares planted to date530
  • Trees planted to date> 600,000
  • Production goal, 2015500,000 saplings
  • Number of species planted> 70

Rebuilding habitat and capturing CO2

Reforestation is an important part of the fight against climate change. As part of our mission, the Mindo Cloudforest Foundation is planting native species trees in the Northwestern Ecuadorian Andes with the support of our various partners in the US and Europe.

We must also thank our partners in the endeavor, the Belgian NGO BOS+, their funding partner Telenet, and Minnesota´s Tiny Footprint Coffee.


Taken as a whole we call this effort the “CarbonNeg Initiative,” working to mitigate the effects of climate change through reforestation and conservation. OUR PROJECT IS ECUADOR´S FIRST TO OBTAIN VALIDATION TO BOTH THE VERIFIED CARBON STANDARD AND THE CLIMATE, COMMUNITY & BIODIVERSITY ALLIANCE STANDARDS; THANKS TO THE AUDITING SERVICES OF RAINFOREST ALLIANCE. Please click or tap the respective logos to see our Validation Statements.



Since the end of the main phase of this 500+ hectare (1250 acre) reforestation project, in 2014, we continue to monitor the plantations and we continue to operate the native tree nursery, El Vivero San Gerónimo, in the community of the same name in Imababura province. We are selling native trees to individuals and also to parish governments working to do their part of the National Forest Restoration Project, with funding from the Ecuadorian government.

As of May, 2015, we´d sold trees to García Moreno parish in Intag, Pablo Arenas near Ibarra and also to Lita where Imbabura ends and Esmeraldas begins. Our goal for 2015 tree production is 1/2 million trees! As of June 30th, 2015 we have delivered 160,000 with another 40,000 to be delivered before mid July. We´re a little behind schedule but are lining up contracts with two other parish governments that will carry us to our goal. The nursery also provides dignified, full-time work for 3 women and 2 men in a very economically disadvantaged sector of the Mira river watershed in Northern Ecuador.


Reforestation crew near the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve planting living fences to enhance habitat connectivity.