Nature Funding: Restoring Bonaire’s dry forest
Forest degradation is believed to be driving Yellow-shouldered Amazon parrots (Amazona barbadensis) to forage feed in urban areas, which leads to conflict with local fruit growers and reduces survival (Williams 2012). Now, with funding from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs “Natuurgelden” and commissioned by the Public Entity Bonaire, a local foundation Echo, has been able to launch a large-scale reforestation project with the goal of creating dry forest environments within ten protected ‘exclusion areas’, which have been set up on public land. Each area will measure approximately one-hectare and all non-native herbivores (goats, donkeys and pigs) will be excluded. The exclusion areas will then be reforested with as many as 20,000 native trees.
This news article was published in BioNews 2-2017.
BioNews is produced by the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance and funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs.