The Amazon in Peru

Christian Lamontagne

The tropical forest covers nearly half of Peru’s territory and is the third most vast forest in the world,
after Brazil and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Since 1983, part of its area is protected and preserved within a National Park, and has been recognized
as a UNESCO cultural and natural heritage of humanity since 1990.

The Saint-Martin province, which is located in northern Peru in the Amazonian Andes, is made up of 97% of primary forests.

Yet, this region suffers from a high deforestation rate due to demographic pressure and road infrastructure related to human activity and the timber trade, in particular.

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The project

Since 2011, the Amazonia Viva Foundation has been coordinating the conservation and restoration of primary forests in the Amazon and the development of agroforestry in cooperation with the communities. Their economic development depends on the yields of fruit trees such as cacao, coffee, orange and banana trees.

Along with Pur Projet, we have supported the preservation of 300,000 hectares of forest in the Martin Sagrado region and are participating in the establishment of new forest management methods. The communities take care of maintaining and monitoring the trees and the legalization of property titles should allow for better monitoring of trade and agricultural practices.

Our Engagement

Since 2013, our commitment has totaled 620,000 €.

 

The impacts

  • 300,000 hectares of primary forests preserved
  • 228 million trees protected
  • 25,000 villagers involved
  • 7,750,615 tons of carbon sequestered over 40 years

 

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