The priority: An issue of major concern is the velocity with which hectares of cloud forest turn into agricultural fields, as local farmers desperately look for economic solutions to improve the quality of their lives. As this happens, endemic birds, mammals and other animals gradually loose their habitats. As this happens, waterfalls thin out and bare land is washed by heavy rains risking lives and destroying infrastructure.
What can be done?: We must bring academia an private partners to make an effort to find an equilibrium and consolidate sustainable development. A mix of strategies must be implemented to rebuild the forest and its biodiversity, as the economy of local families improve and the new generations grow healthy and capable. This must be done now and we want to contribute with this process.
GNR owns 12 hectares of secondary forest that will serve as a scientific ground for research and learning, for the monitoring of biodiversity over the years, and the reproduction of endemic species for reforestation. With our partners we are providing a platform to make an inventory of biodiversity as a baseline and then monitor changes as they happen. We are reproducing en-demic species for reforestation. This area will also provide basic camping infrastructure to wel-come our visiting nature lovers tourists.
We are promoting local economic solutions in agreement with the ecosystem. Among them: agroforestry; payment for forest maintenance; sustainable tourism and business development. We are continuously exploring efficient solutions that have worked elsewhere to be replicated.