As little as 60 years ago, the region was heavily forested to make way for pastureland. Only around 5% of the native dry tropical forest survived. As dry tropical forests are now the rarest of the major tropical ecosystems we are very dedicated to restoring this invaluable habitat.
In just 13 years the Eco Venao Project has reforested over 30 hectares of land and we are still going strong. To date we have successfully planted over 25,000 trees. That on top of the impressive natural regeneration that is happening too, things are looking quite a bit greener than when we started!
The Eco Venao project was first assisted by PRORENA, a research, education and outreach program led by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Yale School of Forestry. We have since supported many environmental research and education initiatives in the area.
As our plantations have grown there has been a notable increase in forest wildlife. Monkeys appear to be thriving and the blue morph butterfly is back. Today our thirteen-year-old plantation looks like an established forest and can be seen from the beach and far beyond.