Colombia's tropical dry forest ecosystem once covered 9 million hectares. Today, only 8% remains, according to the Alexander Von Humboldt Institute. Thousands of people and several endemic species call this unique ecosystem home. The need to conserve and restore the tropical dry forest in Colombia is urgent. Tropical dry forests are important carbon sinks, regulate the climate, protect the soil, and store and release water.
Ejido Verde is a Mexican regenerative forestry company aiming to restore 12,000 hectares of degraded land with resin-producing pine tree plantations. Through 2019, Ejido Verde has helped indigenous Purhépecha communities in Michoacán State maintain 3,148 hectares of commercial agroforestry plantations on 482 individual family farms.
In 2018, the Forestry and Climate Change Fund (FCCF), an Initiative 20x20 financial partner, started to invest the conservation of forest ecosystems in Guatemala's Petén region. The Northern third of Petén is home to the world-renowned Maya Biosphere Reserve, a biodiversity hotspot that has suffered significant deforestation over the past decades. Outside of the Reserve, most of the existing forests have already suffered severe degradation and today offer little value to their owners.
Pomeroon Trading is a sustainable coconut and spice company in the Caribbean that restores degraded land with sustainable coconut plantations. Since 2017, the company has restored around 400 hectares of degraded farmland on the northeastern coast of Guyana, a country historically known for high-quality agricultural products.
The babassu (Attalea speciosa) is a species of palm tree that thrives on the peripheries of the three major types of Brazilian forests: the Amazon, the Caatinga, and the Cerrado. Babaçuais, as these unique forests are known, cover about 20 million hectares of Brazilian territory, mainly in the states of Maranhão, Tocantins and Piaui. This hardy tree not only grows in dense closed forests, it also acts as a pioneer species that can help colonize degraded and deforested areas, helping other species take root.
In Brazil, demand for palm oil is growing. Rising import costs have spurred domestic production, generally using non-native African species. The result is that large tracts of forested land are being cleared for monoculture oil palm plantations. This expansion of this type of plantation negatively impacts the environment, causing land degradation and deforestation.
Andes Amazon Fund (AAF), an Initiative 20x20 financial partner, has created the new Municipal Conservation Area of Huamboya in Ecuador. The new protected area will conserve 41,716 hectares of sub-tropical montane forest along the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains.
Brazil is both the world's largest producer and consumer of heart of palm. It makes up 75% of this US$ 500 million, 150 million ton market. Until recently, the industry's growth has relied on the extraction of heart of palm, also know as pupunha, from natural forests, causing extensive deforestation. The unquenchable demand for heart of palm became so intense that some heart of palm species almost went extinct.
The Zamora Chinchipe Province in southern Ecuador harbors an outstanding biological and cultural richness. This area is part of the Huancabamba Depression of the Andes and includes numerous smaller ranges and basins, as well as a dense system of rivers that drain into the Amazon.
The Andes Amazon Fund, an Initiative 20x20 financial partner, has helped to create the Cascales Municipal Conservation Area, declared on November 27, 2018 in Ecuador’s Sucumbios Province. Rich in biodiversity, this area will protect 61,521 hectares of forest along the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains.Subscribe to Private