THE CONTEXT: DECLINE OF THE DRY FOREST
Formerly present all over the west coast of the Reunion Island, the dry forest only exists in the form of small relics. This tropical forest of low altitude is ruled by a unique climate: a long dry season that lasts from April to November contrasting with a short rain season. The vegetation of this ecosystem is adapted to these extreme variations.
The decline of the Réunion's dry forest can be explained by the fact that the island's endemic vegetal species recedes increasingly in front of the invasive exotic species.
OUR ACTION AND OUR PARTNERS ON THE GROUND
Reforest’Action acts on the ground alongside the European project LIFE+ Dry Forest and collaborates with Réunion's National Park and the Coastal Conservatory. The objective: stop the decline of a unique heritage and biodiversity.
By March 2020, around 80 000 local species will be planted on a parcel of 50 hectares listed as UNESCO World Heritage, to recreate a true ecologic continuum: bois de senteur blanc, bois de chenille, ti bois de senteur, bois de senteur bleu, bois d'huile, bois puant, bois blanc rouge, mahot rempart, bois de sable, bois d'ortie, bois de prune, tanguin pays, bois de lait...
The local population will also be sensitized to the need for preserving the dry forest.
THE BENEFITS OF THE PROJECT
- Reconstruct an endangered ecosystem
- Protect the local biodiversity
- Fight against climate change
- Sensitive to the need for preserving the forest
- Provide leisure areas for local communities
- Rehabilitate timber species with medicinal and tea virtues
- Diversify the honey production