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Protecting the Tumbesian Dry Forests of Peru

Diminished by 95%, Tumbesian Dry Forests
are a worldwide conservation priority

The Tumbesian tropical dry forests of northwestern Peru and southwestern Ecuador are characterized by trees that lose their leaves in the dry season, and are considered a world-wide priority for biodiversity conservation due to the great number of endemic species they contain. However, these forests are severely threatened by human intervention, and over 95% of their original surface has been lost as a result of development activities.

In this ecosystem, NCI works at a number of important sites that prioritize protected areas and unique species. Within the cross-border La Ceiba - Pilares region, we work with local community members to develop forest management plans and to promote sustainable development activities. At the El Angolo and Talara Reserves (24,700 acres and 162,000 acres, respectively) we are assisting in a number of training courses, and helping to conserve endangered species such as the Peruvian Plant-cutter with the participation of local communities and regional governments. We are also working with the Limón Community to protect crucial areas of forest that provide habitat for the critically endangered White-Winged Guan. NCI also collaborates with the regional government to establish a Regional System of Protected Areas in Piura, including critical areas such as the Limon dry forests, the plains of Talara, and the humid cloud forests. Work is underway to replicate this system in the bordering regions of Tumbes and Lambayeque. The goal is to assure wildlife ranges increase by enhancing connectivity among the region’s ecosystems.

To further support the protection of tropical dry forest ecosystems, NCI has implemented the DarwinNet project to effectively distribute information and make knowledge of tropical dry forests more accessible. DarwinNet is a binational initiative that aims to gather, analyze and disseminate information on the region’s dry forests, and stress the necessity of undertaking conservation measures.

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