The projects in this category will work on restoration, reforestation, conservation as well as carbon sequestration, in valuable forest habitats around the world.
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Community-based Restoration and Protection of Chimpanzee Habitat, Cameroon


The Nigeria-Cameroon chimpanzee, living in Somié’s forests in the Cameroon highlands, is facing severe threats as forests are degraded due to bushfires converting forests to grazing land, or being cut down for farmland, settlement, timber or fuelwood. The area consists of montane forest and grassland with high levels of avian, plant and amphibian diversity, attracting many visitors. Chimpanzees play a vital role in maintaining the forest ecosystems, mainly through seed dispersal. Community Based Biosynergy Management has developed a community-led 15-year plan to support ongoing reforestation, run community nurseries to supply 50,000 seedlings of native tree species annually to reforest 100 hectares annually of key corridors linking patches of chimpanzee habitat, and 3,000 seedlings for tourists and volunteers to integrate reforestation in their visit. The project will equip and train community members to fight wildfires, and engage the community in ecotourism and conservation education, focusing on chimpanzees and spiders.

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Kyabobo National Park

Enhancing landscape resilience in Kyabobo National Park, Ghana


The 22,200ha Kyabobo National Park is the only protected mountain ecosystem in Ghana consisting of savannah woodland, dry, semi-deciduous, typical evergreen and riparian forests. It is home to several endangered species, including African Savannah elephants, black and white colobus monkeys, and giant pangolin. Major threats include wildfires, invasive species, poaching, climate change, wild honey collection and palm wine tapping. Ghana Wildlife Society and volunteers from fringe communities plan to restore 15ha of degraded areas, remove 2.5ha of invasive plant species and plant 18,000 native trees within the park. 2,000 trees will be planted on farms around the park to create a buffer. The project will develop trails and install signage to caves, mountain peaks, waterfalls and shrines to guide hikers and birders. It will train 25 park staff to counter illegal activities. Finally, 25 volunteers from fringe communities will be trained in fire management and tour guiding to promote ecotourism.

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Healthy Tabaquillos Forest

Preserving the Headwaters Forest in Córdoba, Argentina


The Tabaquillos forests are vitally important for the health of the natural water system of the Córdoba province and central Argentina. The ecosystem function of Polyepsis australis woodland is associated with the health of watersheds, and is home to numerous endemic species in the region including the Andean condor, puma, red fox and Achala lizard. The area attracts many ecotourists, hikers, highliners and climbers each year. However, these native forests are highly fragmented and subject to extensive burning, livestock grazing, and clearing which changes their habitat characteristics, causes soil loss, affects the stability of steep hillsides and hampers natural regeneration. This project will restore over 100 hectares through planting 225,000 trees, fencing to keep out livestock, collecting over 3 million seeds for germination, maintaining nurseries, and carrying out environmental education with 15 schools, 500 students and 1500 community members. Fundación Actividades Biosféricas aims to replant 3 million trees this decade.

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Muriqui with young

Reforestation and ecotourism to protect biodiversity, Brazil


Preserve Muriqui manages the 957-hectare Private Natural Heritage Reserve Feliciano Miguel Abdala (RPPN FMA), supporting and generating jobs, encouraging connection with nature through ecotourism, reforestation, and environmental education. The organisation’s overall goal is to save the critically endangered Northern Muriquis from extinction by protecting and expanding its habitat. Ecotourism is an important source of revenue and key to enabling the reserve to achieve its mission of preserving biodiversity but COVID 19 forced all visitation to stop. Funding will enable the reserve to host visitors again, sustaining long-term conservation efforts. It will restore areas that cannot passively regenerate with 20,000 seedlings of 50 native species over 10ha, hoping, alongside other landowners, to increase this to 150ha. Two tonnes of seed will be collected for other restoration activities, and there will be environmental education and awareness raising in schools, local communities and amongst visitors.

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The funding is enabling us to repair a damaged section of the iconic Three Peaks long distance footpath and restore an area of internationally important upland habitat. Voting for our project was a simple but highly effective way for our supporters to show how strongly they felt about improving access and protecting the landscape of this wonderful area. Thank you, EOCA!
Don Gamble, Yorkshire Dales Millenium Trust