Polylepis trees are exceptionally slow growing, at a rate of just 0.1mm per annum in diameter, and are found at the highest altitude of any type of forest in the world. Rainforest Concern is working with ECOAN, a local conservation organisation, providing much needed funding for conservation and reforestation in Vilcanota Mountain, Peru. Specifically this includes the Quechua communities in the southern Cuzco region. The community projects include the planting of Polylepis saplings in deforested areas, education programmes and the establishment of native alder nurseries in order to supply the demand for firewood which is currently met by the threatened Polylepis trees.
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