Number of trees to be planted: 398,533
Planted species: Guasima, Cardamom, Dyfisia, Coconut, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Cocoa, Sapote Mamey, Mango, Zeulania Guidonia, Ceiba, Pink Cedar, Mahogany, Tamarind, Cedar, Tapirira Mexicana, Erythrina Americana
Type of project: agro-ecological edible forests
Planting period: between january and august
In Mexico, the northern part of the state of Veracruz is one of the most deforested areas in Mexico. Without any rapid action, the entire forest cover could disappear within a decade. Over the past 50 years, nearly 92% of the forests have been destroyed to create agricultural land dedicated to intensive livestock and citrus production, an approach that resulted in a dramatic loss of biodiversity. In the context of climate change that favours the multiplication and intensity of cyclones as well as droughts, the restoration of forest covers is a key issue for the health of the various ecosystems and the resilience of populations.
In the project areas, various species are planted in degraded ecosystems and agricultural lands. At the same time, a sustainable agriculture model based on the marketing of products from the agroecosystems implemented in agricultural lands, as well as on the production and conservation of native species, is being developed.
The restored forest cover will lead to long-term carbon storage, thus contributing to the fight against climate change.
Thanks to the work of the Asociación Mexicana de Bosques Comestibles (AMEBOSCO), Reforest'Action's partner in the field, 398,533 trees are introduced to help restore the area's forest cover. The implementation of agroecosystems in the area will also support local vanilla production.
Historically, Mexico was the first country to produce and export the precious pods, which are now consumed all over the world. Today, the agricultural diversification made possible by the introduction of trees within the plots helps producers increase their sources of income, improve their living conditions but also support vanilla production in the Veracruz region.