Limón Community & the White-Winged
|Limón forests are
home to the critically endangered White-Winged Guan
dry forests of the Limón community are located in the foothills
of the western slope of the Andes, and provide habitat for the critically
endangered White-Winged Guan (Penelope albipennis). The forest is
not legally protected, but NCI is working with local communities
to protect critical zones of the forest, and is also developing
a conservation model based on ecotourism instead of cattle ranching.
Birdlife International has recognized the importance of the Limón
dry forest by including it in its list of the 130 “Important
Bird Areas” in the country.
NCI is working with the community of Caserío
Limón to create a reserve area, and we are also helping to
legalize the community’s title to property in forests adjacent
to population centers.
addition, we helped to establish a Board of Directors of the Association
of Conservation and Ecotourism of the Frejolillo’s Forest,
which has since created a manual of internal guidelines and a management
plan for the forest’s resources. Another activity carried
out in cooperation with the community is an internship course that
emphasizes the topics of agro-ecology, organization, and ecotourism.
Efforts are also being made in coordination with
the Regional Government of Piura to name part of this area a Regional
Protected Area, and to pursue long-term support for conservation
actions, promotion of ecotourism, and improvement of infrastructure
and services in the community.