16 Jan Conservation of Cedrela angusticarpa (CR)
Rescuing a newly discovered Cedrela species from the brink of extinction
Partner: Fundación para la Conservación de los Andes Tropicales
The goal of this project is to protect a newly discovered, Critically Endangered tree species, Cedrela angusticarpa (Meliaceae), and its associated threatened tree species in the Mache Chindul Cordillera, an internationally recognized but poorly known biodiversity hotspot of Chocó in north-west Ecuador.
Cedrela angusticarpa (CR) has a very narrow geographic range. It is located in two relatively small areas, between the provinces of Pichincha and Santo Domingo de los Tsháchilas. Fewer than 100 adult trees have been observed across its range and there is also a major lack of baseline information on the other threatened tree species in this area. Therefore this project aims more specifically at:
– Characterizing accurately distribution, population size, basic ecology, and main threats facing Cedrela angusticarpa and other threatened tree species in and around the Mache Chindul Cordillera;
– Protecting existing trees and forest by increasing the population size of Cedrela angusticarpa and other threatened tree species via reforestation efforts;
– Raising awareness and building capacity via environmental education programmes of local residents and the Ministry of the Environment.
Results will be applied to the ecological restoration efforts, guide potential purchase of land during the project period, and used to develop an integrated suite of outreach and education programmes.