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Saturday October 27, 2012
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Caparo forest reserve under permanent threat


What is left of the forests inside the Caparo forest reserve in southwestern Barinas state might be over soon: the risks of invasion are recurrent and scarce presence of the authorities worsens the problem. Los Andes University (ULA) proposes to rescue some isolated areas, but there is not political will to tackle the issue

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Part of the Caparo Forest Reserve (7,000 hectares) in southwestern Barinas state is safeguarded by Los Andes University (ULA) through a joint commodate with the Ministry of Environment. These lands are under constant threat (Photo: Gustavo Bandres)
Part of the Caparo Forest Reserve (7,000 hectares) in southwestern Barinas state is safeguarded by Los Andes University (ULA) through a joint commodate with the Ministry of Environment. These lands are under constant threat (Photo: Gustavo Bandres) The houses of the Ministry of Environment and the headquarters of the National Guard inside the Cachicamo camp have been abandoned for years (Photo: Gustavo Bandres) The destruction of the forest jeopardizes many species in the area. The spider monkey has found a shelter inside the area under protection of Los Andes University (Photo: Gustavo Bandres) Hundreds of students and researches walk across these paths, at the heart of the forest (Photo: Gustavo Bandres) Los Andes University is reforesting some areas of the Caparo reserve that are to become a seed bank of timber species (Photo: Gustavo Bandres) The forests have been cut down unlawfully in most of the reserve in order to settle ranches. The Venezuelan government owns these lands (Photo: Gustavo Bandres) Thousands of trees have been cut down over the years. There are about 1,500 ranches inside the reserve (Photo: Gustavo Bandres) Back in 2004, the Palma Pintada sector inside the Caparo reserve, which covers 900 hectares and is part of the ULA commodate, was occupied. The contrast is obvious in the photograph: grassland on at one side, and a green forest wall on the other side (Photo: Gustavo Bandres)
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