Resource Details

Selva Chi Reforestation Project

Project: Project - Nonprofit

Contact Info


Selva Chi Environmental Education Institute


Species Info


  • Achras sapota
  • Astrocaryum stanleyanum
  • Attalea colenda
  • Chamaedorea sp.
  • Bactris gasipaes
  • Bactris setulosa
  • Bambusa guadua
  • Brosimum alicastrum
  • Carapa guianensis
  • Castilla elástica
  • Cecropia garciae
  • Cedrela odorata
  • Ceiba pentandra
  • Ceiba trichistandra
  • Centrolobium paraense
  • Chlorophora tinctoria
  • Chrysophyllum spp
  • Cordia alliodora
  • Coussapoa eggersii
  • Erythrina poeppigiana
  • Euterpe oleoacea
  • Ficus spp.
  • Inga chocoensis
  • Inga spectabilis
  • Inga edulis
  • Iriartea deltoids
  • Libidibia corymbosa
  • Matisia cordata
  • Myroxylon balsamun
  • Nectandra purpurea
  • Nectandra pisi
  • Ochroma pyramidale
  • Oneocarpus bataua
  • Phytelephas aequatorialis
  • Pouteria sapota
  • Platymiscium pinnatum
  • Pseudobombax millei
  • Sapindus saponaria
  • Socratea rostrata
  • Spondias mombin
  • Pithecellobium arboreum
  • Pithecellobium longifolium 
  • Pithecellobium jupunba
  • Samanea saman
  • Tabebuia guayacan
  • Terminalia oblonga
  • Terminalia superba
  • Theobroma cacao
  • Theobroma bicolor
  • Trema micrantha
  • Triplaris guayaquilensis
  • Virola sp.
  • Vitex gigantea
  • Ziziphus thyrsiflora


  • The mission of the Selva Chi reforestation project is to educate people about the forest ecosystem through the experience of forest restoration. The program is committed to the education of local peoples about alternative livelihoods and sustainable use of forest resources. 
  • The program offers field camps and eco-centered curricula for local schoolchildren. 
  • Another goal of the project is to protect the genetic and geographic species richness of native species in the equatorial forests of the Andean mountain range. 
  • The program, located on the south coast of the Esmeraldas Province of Ecuador, began in 2006, and since then 8 hectares of cleared land and 16 hectares of secondary forest have been planted with native tree species.
  • So far, there have been high mortality rates, but after the first two years, a change in planting techniques has led to greater success.
  • Future plans include the expansion of the program into neighboring land and the collection and cultivation of many new native species. 

Geographical Region

  • Andean Region
  • Country

  • Ecuador
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    Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute