Fotostory of the ecological restoration in Bosque de Paz Print E-mail

Image The area around Bosque de Paz, a degraded landscape, result of many years of slash-and-burn. Local farmers do not understand that there is a relationship between vegetation and their quality of life. Also, decision makers do not recognize that this landscape and its inhabitants are in a deep crisis. As happens in so many other rural areas in the world, young people migrate to the towns, escaping a desperate situation of impoverishment: no vegetation, no water, no fertile land, no food production.    

ImageBosque de Paz is located at the foot of this hill, which every year is set on fire by local farmers.

ImageLocal farmers consider vegetation as an obstacle, consequently they strip the land which gradually converts into an arid grassland without water sources.

ImageAt the moment of purchase of the property (in 1995) there was hardly any vegetation in Bosque de Paz.

ImageThese secondary forests, in the upper parts of the Guallupe Valley, are the source of seeds and seedlings of forest species in the tree nursery in Bosque de Paz.  

ImageIn 1997, the Vetiver contour lines were established, run-off was halted and vegetation gradually recovered. 

ImageIn 2010, a patchwork of fields, forest, bamboo and fruit trees surround the main building. 

ImageBut, there is still a lot of restoration work ahead. ( In this photograph Bosque de Paz is in the right corner, at the bottom of the hill)