More than 10 hectares of degraded area at the Pomac Forest Historical Sanctuary, in northern Peru, were reforested thanks to the support given by Lambayeque’s regional government, the National Service of Protected Natural Areas by the State (Sernanp) and Centro Eco.
The event–which took place as part of the activities marking the World Day to Combat Desertification observed on June 17– was aimed at accelerating the process to restore dry forest ecosystems and biodiversity in the historical sanctuary.
The degraded areas were seriously affected for many years by the presence of invaders, illegal loggers and poachers.
Centro Eco promotes actions to raise awareness among the population about the importance of protecting forests and biodiversity, as well as a sustainable management of natural resources.
To date we have reforested a total of 850 hectares with nearly 382,000 trees, especially carob trees , said Centro Eco’s Executive Director Maria Vasquez.
All this thanks to the active participation of rural communities living in the buffer zone of the sanctuary, as well as students and volunteers from around the world who have come to help as part of a project funded by the Trust for the Americas , she added.
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification defines the term desertification as ‘land degradation in arid, semi-arid and sub-humid areas resulting from various factors including climatic variations and human activities. Desertification is a dynamic process that is observed in dry and fragile ecosystems.
It affects terrestrial areas (topsoil, earth, groundwater reserves, surface run-off), animal and plant populations, as well as human settlements and their amenities (for instance, terraces and dams).
*Pomac Forest Historical Sanctuary*
The historical sanctuary is located in Batan Grande, an archaeologically-rich swath which spans nearly 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from Ferreñafe, or 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the coastal northern city of Chiclayo, Lambayeque.
It is a refuge for carob trees, birds, and varied flora 70 bird species, 7 mammal species, and 9 reptile species have been spoted living in within the protected area and houses nearly 36 pyramids from the Sican culture (called “huacas”), where archaeologists have discovered some of the finest Pre-Columbian pieces to date.Authorities are looking to prevent the degradation and desertification in the historical sanctuary.
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