La Libertad Dry Forest Project Update
The La Libertad Dry Forest Project recommenced some of its field activities at the Pacasmayo site In August. We prioritised first and foremost, the safety and well-being of all staff and the local community, implementing COVID-19 protocols and government regulations for the team to rigorously follow. The project continues to navigate through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and remain committed to achieving our goals and objectives. Key highlights include:
- Replacement of 143 plants across 2.98 hectares, as a part of our recuperation activities
- Formalisation of 3 agreements with landholders to protect and restore dry forest landscapes
- Production of over 550 native seedlings to support restoration efforts
- Reforestation of 0.56 hectares with 92 saplings with the participation of 19 local members
- Continual irrigation control visits in previously reforested areas and 3 monitoring visits, counting 501 live plants across 5.34 hectares on our last visit
- Identification of the 25-hectare intervention area for species inventory and assisted natural regeneration in the ACP El Cañoncillo forest.
- 4 routine patrols of the Cañoncillo forest and 3 patrols of the Tronco Prieto forest with CAU Tecapa conservation group and Muchick conservation group respectively
- Monitoring of 20 already installed improved ovens
- Completion of 100 surveys on wood and charcoal consumption and the commencement of installation of 30 improved ovens in Santa María and Jatanca
- Gathering of Information through surveys and two field trips to the Cañoncillo and Tronco Prieto forests by researcher Marco Muñoz on his thesis, “Consumption of firewood and charcoal from the Cañoncillo and Tronco Prieto dry forests in Pacasmayo for sustainable employment”
- 1 training session for the Muchick Conservation Group on the impact that COVID-19 and its effects on forests at the international, national and local levels.
- Awareness raising about COVID-19 and recommended health measures to reduce transmission for the local community in Portada de la Sierra, Pueblo Nuevo, Santa María, Tecapa and Santonte.
We are excited to recommence activities, and will advise you of further progress made in our next bulletin. To learn more about this new project and to support it though a donation, click here.