On April 11, 2019, biologist Julia Cordero from the MAE wildlife area visited the community of Joa, located in Jipijapa / Manabí, to conduct a complete inspection of the 50 hectares prior to obtaining the Protective forest declaration.
This inspection consisted in making a tour of the entire area. The biologist toured the land with the representatives of the companies EcuadorianHands and El Artesan, the same ones that explained each process and activity carried out in the 50 hectares.
It was shown the area where the reforestation of 4000 palo santo trees was carried out, the types of plantations that were carried out were explained (open sky and stain), as well as the origin of the trees that were used for the reforestation.
Recall that the project Palo santo Joa 50-Has, is a public, private, community project and that within the parameters of the PMI approved by the (MAE), 50 hectares of forest, 30% ie 15 hectares can be used to cultivate and harvest.
In the month of January, 20 days after the reforestation, the comuneros carried out the planting of the corn, in the area where palo santo had been planted to "open sky", fulfilling the agreement that had been established with the companies EcuadorianHands and El Artesan and respecting the parameters of the PMI. The maize plantation was done between a tree and the other, with the aim of shading and protecting it.
The photos you see below are evidence of how the trees have grown, and that having involved the community has been very helpful in caring for and protecting the Palo Santo trees.
We are on a good path, and with firm steps, until now the trees are strong and growing more and more. We are fulfilling our objective in regenerating the dry tropical forests, where the Palo Santo grows, which in the province of Manabí are very abundant.
At present, the Palo Santo tree is estimated to be in danger of extinction. This is due to the great demand that exists today. The Palo Santo to be used must have a lifespan of 30 to 40 years and must die on their own, but due to the high demand, people do not wait for the tree to die on its own and proceed to fell them, causing shortage.
For that reason we are working to make the Palo Santo sustainable. If we want long-term palosanto, it is vital to use the essential oil and / or their derived products (soaps, cosmetics, etc.), which not only prevents the indiscriminate cutting of the trees, but It gives our body the holistic medicinal properties that are naturally found in this sacred wood.
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