The Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot is the most biologically diverse region on Earth with some 15,000 endemic plant & 75 endemic mammal species, one of them the Critically Endangered yellow tailed woolly monkey. With the help of local people we are creating protected & reforestation buffer zones
It ran from 10:00 AM, 5 December 2013 to 5:00 PM, 18 December 2013
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The Tropical Andes Biodiversity Hotspot is one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world due to rapid human population growth and high levels of deforestation. Less than 25% of this hotspot‚Äôs original area is still available habitat for wildlife. The human populations in La Esperanza and neighbouring communities suffer from severe poverty. Environmental problems include localised climate changes, impoverishment of soils, landslides & growing scarcity of natural resources like wood & water.
Reforestation themes include enrichment planting of selectively logged forests with hardwood trees and the creation of multiple use forest buffer zones. Also, enrichment of pastures with legumes and other plants to improve lands, attract wildlife and reduce the need for clear cutting of new pastures by increasing the lifespan of existing pastures. NPC also raises public awareness on the importance of reforestation with native species, as opposed to using exotic trees, by giving special talks.
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