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Cerro Blanco Protected Forest

Staging site



Acres saved by WLT: .........

Area reforested by WLT: 580 acres (235ha)

Ecoregion: Ecuadorian Dry Forest

Key Species: Great Green Macaw, Grey Backed Hawk, Jaguar, Ecuadorian Amazon.

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Located on the outskirts of Guayaquil in Guayas Province, Cerro Blanco Protected Forest is one of the last remaining Ecuadorian dry forests. Due to the close proximity to the city, the forest is threatened by expanding squatter settlements, illegal hunting for commercial and subsistence use, logging of secondary hardwood trees and forest fires.

Pro-Bosque aims to consolidate the protection of the 25km corridor stretching from Cerro Blanco to Chongon Colonche Protected Forest.

Securing Land

ProBosque own a reserve within Cerro Blanco and with WLT support is increasing protection within the corridor by purchasing land under private ownership. 

Restoring Land

Patches of forest at Cerro Blanco are separated by degraded woodland and pasture, dominated by African grass (Panicum maximum) out-competes tree seedlings for light and is prone to fires in the dry season. The mix of species includes some that improve soil and pioneering, fast-growing trees that rapidly create the conditions for colonisation of the slower-growing, high forest species, with emphasis on those which are important to the macaws for food and nesting.

Between 2006 and 2010 some 235 hectares of degraded lands have been reforested with more than 380,000 saplings of 30 native species, WLT continues to fund maintenance of trees planted.

Supporting/Involving communities

ProBosque are working with local landowners in order to manage their properties more sustainably. Pro-Bosque works with local communities, focusing on nearby Puerto Hondo, where young local people, with guidance and training from the foundation's staff, lead tourists on guided canoe trips through a rich mangrove estuary. In 2004 an environment education centre was constructed for use by the local community, and a children’s ecology club runs weekly activities. 

Cerro Blanco Key Species

Great Green MacawGreat Green Macaw

Ara ambiguus
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered


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