Peruvian villagers “reforest” desertified land with carob trees

Working cross 2 hectares of dry forest, a band of Piura (Peru) residents teamed up to plant 1,000 carob tree seedlings in an effort to reforest the dried up land.

50 members of the village of Mala Vida(“bad life”), in the Cristo nos valga district in Sechura, Piura, participated in the reforestation project that aims to the region back to life.

Together with the National Forest and Wildlife Service (Serfor), the Technical Administration of Forestry and Wildlife (ATFFS) Piura and the Pan American Community and Annex of the Rural Community of San Martin de Sechura, the reforestation project was realized.

Rafael Campos, ATFFS head, said that the participation of the community helps to protect and preserve the dry forests, as it strengthens their commitment.

Note from Storm: Purists will point out that the carob tree is native to the Mediterranean area, so this should maybe be called “agro-forestation” or not reforestation at all. After all, a forest is a complex, diverse, adaptive system, not a monoculture tree farm. But the carob tree isn’t invasive, and it provides food for humans and their domestic animals. Meanwhile, these long-lived trees can help stabilize the soils and set the stage for restoration of smaller native species.

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