Acción Andina will restore and protect the critically important, native Polylepis forest ecosystem in the high Andes mountains of South America. The world's highest elevation forest (now significantly fragmented), it grows along a 3,000 mile corridor through seven countries.
The goal of Latin-led Acción Andina, which may require 25 years to realize, is full protection for 500,000 hectares (1.2 million acres) of remaining Polylepis forest in six Andean countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. (We hope Venezuela can join in the future.) An additional 500,000 hectares will be reforested in buffer zones and areas of importance downslope from glaciers.
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