ECUADOR – San Francisco De Borga re-forestation Project
This project aims to support conservation of biodiversity by producing cheap organic fertiliser to support habitat restoration and reforestation with native plants species in the area around the community of San Francisco De Borga..
A reforestation project of the eastern cloud forest of Ecuador has commenced, aiming initially for 5000 trees, of which 3000 plants were started with 2000 already successfully planted out in local farms with private owners committed to take care of them.
However, to ensure the success of the growth of trees, and to increase their numbers, it is necessary to supplement the soil with organic fertilizers during the first 6 months of life. This project funds the implementing of a vermiculture system which will result in stronger & more successful trees by utilising earthworms (Lumbricus rubellus) to transform organic waste cheaply into humus, thus producing natural fertilizer which is both more easily absorbed by plants, more eco friendly and cheaper than synthetic fertilizers.
By restoring the land and the damaged ecosystems, local people will have access to a healthy environment. By planting trees, food and a home for fauna and flora species are produced. Birds in particular will benefit and thrive, opening the opportunity for the local community to replace cattle farming with sustainable alternatives such as birdwatching tourism, which would help to change lives for many.