Research, Development, and Support for Environmentally Managed Permanent 
Forests Farms

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The efforts to conserve biological diversity by creating Protected Areas in Latin America has in many cases been only partial successful. The truth is that few feasible strategies exist to integrate conservation concepts with sustainability. This lack of knowledge adversely affects area resources.

One of the most fundamental concepts is to link people and Protected Areas by a “Buffer Zone.” This Buffer Zone may be understood like creating a new life form. Its purpose is to promote Forest Supportive Farming practices engaged in eco-development goals for all those true guardians of nature and pro conservation living close to these Protected Areas.

In Argentina there are 370 protected areas, that represent 6.78% of the country. This areas are vital for the conservation of the ecosystems and to guarantee the surviver of different species.

Currently, the people within the Buffer Zones are underprivileged small landowners who only know how to farm from the forests ashes. In their struggle to survive, their goal has been Forest Elimination Farming, which commonly wastes their resources, keeps them in a viscious downward spirol just earning just enough to barely survive. To teach and to demonstrate proper management of their lands would elevate their living conditions and they will become proud example contributors to Reforestation Farming which would profit them more than by deforestation activities.
 

     
  
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nless local people can be shown how to earn a reasonable living within Permanent Native Forests, wild areas in Latin America of significant size that provide habitat to endangered species will totally disappear as they have in Brazil and Paraguay.  


The last major stands of the sub-tropical semi-deicidal Interior Atlantic Rain Forest exists only here in the State of Misiones, Argentina. 7% of this rainforest is left. Buffer Zone concept has had some accomplishment, but in most part, conservation within these areas has not been successful because the future of the local people has not been addressed.

Our project is now demonstrating native reforestation activities which profit the poor more than deforestation farming practices, and now with your help, we are prepared to restore the forest with our neighbors and beyond. Would you like to PLEASE HELP SAVE THE RAINFORESTS 

 

Up to Today!

2009 - Planning First Export of Natural Stevia Extract.

2008 - The biggest production of natural Stevia under the project objectives. Reforestation took place instead of deforestation for the proyect. Our 
nursery  to this date has 5000 trees. Development of various seeding techniques and collection-focus on rare trees such as Sombra de Toro. Research on natural insecticides / repellants from native plants. Donated 500 trees to the Guarani Tribe, Yriapu.

November 2007 - Selvas Para Siempre (Forests,  Argentina operations) won the Arucaria Award for the defense of the environment. Apiculture plan implemented. Ongoing Native Tree/Cow and Native Tree/Stevia plans. Interaction with a Guarani community, to plan to assist with reforestation and self-sustaining native farming. Tourism Video completed (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5MLeXveoSw) Apiculture plan implemented. Successful rare tree seedlings. Currently working with 10 local families. Clean water system installed. Ongoing research on other potential native forest products for self-sustenance within re-forested areas. Research with local herbalist on potential plans. 

2006

December 2005 – First Harvest of Stevia.

September 2005 – Purchase of land Bordering Regional Foerster Park. 

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uly 2005 – Stevia planted on site and in 5 Neighboring Farms. 

 

March 2005 – 100,000 Native Stevia rebaudiana plants purchased.

January 2005 – Procurement of Native Plants to include in Permanent Forest Plan. Bee Hives added to site. 

  

  

December 2004 – Rainforest Supplementation and Support – Thining Weeds to allow Small Trees to Florish, Pruning Trees to motivate better growth, Nature Trails.

October 2004 – Secondary area reforested (3,000 trees so far). Native Seed Collection Activities. Interaction with other Ecology Non-Profits in Area. Continuing Native Agroforestal plant and tree research.

July 2004 – Most critical deforested sloped areas reforested. Tree Nursery, Running Water, Bathroom and Septic Constructed.

April 2004 – Begin Implementation of Reforestation Native Permanent Forest Farming Plan. Team Members begin to live and Work on Site and Interact with Neighbors.

March 2004 – Purchase of Land within Most Critical Area.

Jan. 2004 – Scholarship Grant to Forest Engineer Professor Roman Carlos Rios to Pursue Postgraduate Studies.

Dec. 2003 – Development begins for Native Permanent Forest Farming Plan

Nov. 2003 – Initial Team Meeting, Formation and Focus: Discussion and Identification or Critical Areas and Problems.

 

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