Here are the conservation and reforestation projects we are carrying out in the Los Tuxtlas region:
Reforestation and environmental education in schools
We support reforestation in areas belonging to schools in the Los Tuxtlas region, with the double objective of hands-on environmental education and beautifying school campuses. Reforestation on school grounds offers students and teachers more shade, fresh air and noise protection.
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Reforestation and conservation of cloud forest in Santa Rosa Abata
In the suroundings of the volcano San Martín Tuxtlas there are still larger areas of mountain cloud forest where endangered species like howler monkey (Alouatta palliata), great curassow (Crax rubra) and Fer-de-Lance (Bothrops asper) can be found. We work in purchasing land in order to protect it (until now we have bought 1 hectare) and in assisting local people (financially and with voluntary work) who are conserving the forest and have reforested more than 5 hectare of land.
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Community based water protection project Chuniapan de Arriba
In the ejido (rural community) Chuniapan de Arriba, municipality of San Andrés Tuxtla, we support conservation activities of a 20-hectare section of a community-based reserve that was established thanks to our engagement. We also support 130 hectare of a municipal reserve managed by the people of Chuniapan de Arriba. The main objective of this work is to protect the village from inundations and to assure water supply, not only of Chuniapan de Arriba, but of an area with a total of 5700 inhabitants. In addition, the conservation areas are home to rare species like white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), tamandua (Tamandua mexicana) and a huge variety of birds. Our support consists of facilitation of plants and materials necessary for reforestation and conservation.
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Support for reforestation project in private properties
Since the beginning of the project, on various occasions we have supported reforestation activities of the owners of private parcels, with the facilitation of seedlings, voluntary work and material resources. In these cases, we understand our support as an incentive for to owners to start to do reforestation, the continuation on a long-term, however, depends on the dedication and commitment of the property owners.
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With the objective of saving money and to having a secured number of seedlings ready to plant in the rainy season, we established our own tree nurseries in four gardens of members of the project in San Andrés Tuxtla and Catemaco. In fall of 2015 we were able to plant the first trees from our own tree nurseries. Our main emphasis is native species to the region, such as chagalapoli (Ardisia compressa), guanacaste (Enterolonbium cyclocarpum), chinini (Persea schiedeana) and Mexican cedar (Cedrela odorata). However, in some places we also plant fruit trees that are not native to the region, but have been planted here for a long time, like the mango (Mangifera spec.).
Sea turtle protection
In addition to our activities to protect the rainforest, we decided to also help in protection of sea turtles in the coastal areas of Los Tuxtlas which are an important part of the region’s ecosystem as well. After the turtles lay their eggs on the shore, the people from coastal communities like Punta Puntillas, Los Arrecifes and Zapotitlán comb many kilometers of beaches to collect the eggs and bring them to a safe place. This prevents them from being eaten by dogs, other animals or being collected illegaly. Finally, when the small sea turtles have hatched and are ready, they are liberated into the sea. We are helping with necessary materials and financial help for the communities and organize eventos to make more people aware of this important work.
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