Around 20,000 trees are being planted in various locations on the island. Mostly indigenous trees will be planted, although several non-indigenous trees are also being included. The non-indigenous species have been chosen for a number of favorable traits, such as the fact that they can grow under the dry local weather conditions and the fact that they not grow at the expense of native trees. Seedlings are being grown in a nursery at Dos Pos, Bonaire. The reforestation efforts partly restores the original vegetation of the island and will for instance prevent erosion. Species which are cultivated include the Red Saddle Tree, the Taki, the Calabash and the Wayaca. The individual trees and their height are being monitored on a regular basis.
A guide to the native trees of Bonaire is being compiled.
Please contact Echo or the DCBD administrator for more information.