The “Maya nut”, the magical tree
Duration of the partnership
Colombia is one of the world’s most amazing countries in terms of biodiversity. But this biodiversity is threatened by the pressure exerted by human activities. On the Caribbean coast, the tropical dry forest, the only habitat of the white-headed tamarin, has almost disappeared.
Envol Vert’s forest restoration project has two focuses: supporting landless farmers and planting the so-called “magical” Maya nut tree.
This local species, overexploited for its timber, is a tree which has the dual advantage of promoting biodiversity and providing food for people and livestock with its seeds and leaves.
By developing agroforestry systems, combining planting food crops and trees, the landless farmers involved in the project ensure their food self-sufficiency and help reforest the area.
In this way, trees are planted, and economic activities – agriculture and livestock farming – have a smaller impact on the forest.
These sustainable farming systems have been benefiting the population of Los Limites since 2014.
In addition, a reforestation project will create an ecological corridor between the two reserves where the project is located, in order to connect the two forests and protect the wildlife, including the cotton-top tamarin.
Twenty families in the community of Los Limites benefit from the support of Envol Vert. In 2016, the project helped create the Association ASOCALIM, bringing together 48 farmers.
The project creates a virtuous circle: an agreement was reached with the landowners to allow landless farmers to benefit from their fields over the long term. The landless farmers can plant fruit trees along with Maya nut trees, which can be harvested to feed the landowners’ livestock and improve their milk yield.
Created in March 2011, Envol Vert is an association for the preservations of forests and biodiversity in the world’s most underprivileged countries and in France.
The association works to develop economic alternatives while support local peoples’ initiatives for environmental preservation. The association has already overseen the planting of 140,000 trees in Nicaragua, Peru and Colombia.