On the outskirts of Ecuador’s port city of Guayaquil lies the Cerro Blanco reserve, one of the last remaining dry forests in the country. Dry forests are named as such due to the ability of the vegetation to survive long periods without rain, using natural water conservation methods. Cerro Blanco is threatened by a host of natural causes and human activity, including an expanding city that means people who cannot afford to live centrally are edging closer to the forest. The port city of Guayaquil is sprawling closer to the Cerro Blanco reserve Al Jazeera The reserve’s chief ranger, Eleutario de la Cruz, tells of the increasing issues related to an ever-encroaching city population plus the dangers of land trafficking, illegal logging and hunting. With a … Next »
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