Rebuilding habitat and capturing CO2
Over the last decade, forest restoration and the production of native species seedlings in our nurseries have become the main economic motor and effort of MCF. Currently we produce seedlings from seeds collected at three sites, our Río Silanche and Milpe Bird Sanctuaries and at the Puyucunapi Pilot Project, located at 400, 1000 and 2000 meters elevation respectively. Since 2015 we´ve grown over 100 species, and we are continuing research into ten of them which we believe to be undescribed to science. For 2020 we aim to produce 100,000 trees adding to the 600,000 that we have already planted out and the several hundred thousand other trees that we´ve sold to third parties.
Priorities that we´ve identified in our strategic plan include:
Prepare and begin to implement a forest corridor restoration and conservation plan, based on analysis with GIS tools, to map and identify with precision the areas that best support avifauna, potable water sources for communities and biodiversity generally.
Development of a georeferenced database for the entire Choco-Andes Corridor in Ecuador, with emphasis on our reserves and adjoining areas in our priority zones with local allies.
Create a protocol for the restoration of areas in our reserves, including the planting of great size, emergent trees.
Complete the installation and usage planning for our arboretum, currently being installed on a newer land acquisition adjacent to our original purchase at Milpe.
Adoption of financial sustainability mechanisms for our nurseries and their personnel.
Monitor earlier restoration work with new digital data collection and databasing tools and approaches that will become more and more public throughout 2020.
Our work in this program contributes to the UN´s Sustainable Development Goal #13 for Climate Action. We have different ways you can help support us in this regard, a donation, volunteer work in our tree nurseries and more options soon to come!