Project Zero® has planted 174,800 native trees
We chose to offset our carbon in an area deemed the most threatened tropical forest in the world by Conservation International, and an “Important Birding and Biodiversity Area” by National Audubon Society and BirdLife International.
Through our sponsorship, reforestation of degraded land between two reserves is happening through native trees planted and managed by locals. Once restored, the property will connect two existing protected areas, creating a single contiguous forest in northwest Ecuador. By expanding native habitat and connecting fragments, this project creates a wildlife corridor that will help endangered and threatened wildlife populations recover.
The Coastal Northwest Ecuador Forest Restoration and Connectivity Project:
- Expands the Jama-Coaque Ecological Reserve (JCR) in coastal Ecuador
- Creates native forest cover in the most threatened tropical forest in the world, biodiversity hotspot Tumbes-Chocó
- Is host to over 15 endangered or threatened species, including white-fronted capuchin monkeys, critically endangered emerald glass frogs, grey-backed hawks, and many more
- Connects and protects three distinct forest types (dry forest, tropical moist forest, and premontane cloud forest) along an elevational gradient—especially important for birds as climate changes.
- Protects land with a high probability of being deforested
- Ensures the site will remain protected through an alliance with Ecuadorian-based non-profits Grupo Ecológico Jama-Coaque (GEJC) and Third Millennium Alliance (TMA)
- Employs local workers
Mammals: At least one and sometimes two troops of Ecuadorian white-fronted capuchin monkeys (Cebus albifrons ssp. Aequatorialis take refuge in our site, with 12-20 individuals in each troop), which are listed as Critically Endangered by IUCN.
Birds: Ecuador harbors one of the greatest bird diversity in the world. This project is located within Important Bird Area EC010, with 13 globally threatened and near-threatened species, including the endangered grey-backed hawk (Leucopternis occidentalis), slaty becard (Pachyramphus spodiurus), and grey-cheeked parakeet (Brotogeris pyrrhoptera).
Reptiles and amphibians: of the species living on or near this project, nine are listed as Vulnerable, three are Endangered, and the Emerald Glass Frog (Cochranella mache) is listed as Critically Endangered.