Coffee and migratory birds in Palanda
During the past 2 years we have worked on a threefold project with coffee producers in Palanda regarding crop workshops, reforestation, and bird monitoring. Palanda is a small town in Zamora Chinchipe province located near our Tapichalaca reserve.
Fundación Jocotoco aims to build strong relationships with local communities and promote environmental awareness through different projects. That is why we have helped the coffee producers association (Asociacion de Productores Ecológicos de Altura de PalandaAPECAP) through workshops to improve their land management. Furthermore, we have provided training and workshops on bird monitoring and reforestation of endemic plants.
Thanks to the support of American Bird Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service we planted 10.000 trees of 16 different species (Laurel, Caoba, Citrics, Avocado, Guato, Guabillo, Cedro, Guallacehe, Bambú, Yarazo, Palms, Aguacatillo, Romerillo and Pico Pico) that were distributed among 197 shade-grown coffee farms. Each coffee producer was involved in the germination of the seed and in the care of the seedling, and received around 50 trees to plant in their farms. The objective of this project is to provide an adequate environment for migratory birds and other fauna, whilst empowering local coffee producers to be key actors of conservation.