Safeguarding 600+ hectares of Red Siskin habitat in northern Venezuela

November 18, 2022 by Bárbara Santana

Native tree nursery run by producer José Oropeza and his son Eduardo, in Llano Grande, Carayaca. Photo
by: Génesis Cardozo.

Thanks to support from the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Neotropical Migratory Bird Act program, this year we added another 200 hectares in the Venezuelan Coastal Range to our project area, which brings the total of forest and agroforest habitat we have protected to 600+. We were able to do this because of a novel innovation developed by ACAFLO, a co-op that was founded by our participating producers.

ACAFLO pioneered the idea of “Model Production Units”, which encourages neighboring producers to join our project. We are excited to build on this innovation to protect even more habitat in the future!