Reforestation at the Ecological Park of Funchal (Madeira, Funchal, 2003 and 2001)
Deforestation and habitat degradation caused by livestock has caused severe erosion and the spread of invasive species in the high mountains above Madeira's capital of Funchal. In November 2001, Seacology awarded a grant to the Association of Friends of the Ecological Park of Funchal to reforest a 12-acre area on the park's highest peak. The reforestation effort has involved hundreds of volunteers, including local orphan children. Seacology is providing funding for restoration of an additional 2.5 acres of extremely rugged terrain within the park, as well as maintenance for the already-planted 12-acre area.