Reducing Deforestation Risks and Helping Establish Sustainable Forest Management
The Madre de Dios Amazon REDD+ project is located in Tahuamanu Province in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, a region of great biodiversity and home to many varieties of endangered wildlife species.
The project area is part of the Ecological Corridor in the Peruvian Amazon, one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots. It has become vulnerable to deforestation due to two major factors: the Interoceanic Highway and major population pressure. Completion of the highway connecting western Brazil and eastern Peru has given farmers access to previously remote parts of the rainforest. High agricultural commodity prices have led to a greater economic incentive to expand farming operations in the region, making the timely preservation of forests in the region all more important.
The forests in this area are very important in terms of biodiversity conservation since it provides habitat to four endangered rainforest species and eleven endangered wildlife species, including Cedar, Mahogany, Wild fig, Leche caspi, jaguar, Red howler monkey, Giant anteater, Giant armadillo, Lowland tapir, Red-and-green macaw, Scarlet macaw, Blue-throated Piping Guan, Razor-billed curassow, Sanborn’s squirrel, and the Amazon dwarf squirrel.
The Madre de Dios Amazon REDD+ project reduces the pressure for lands by the local population in the 239,459-acre project area and guarantees sustainable forestry management. The project also finances initiatives that provide an alternative livelihood to subsistence farming and illegal logging, which both rely on deforestation.
The environmental benefits include the protection of Peruvian Amazon rainforest, a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, habitat preservation, and the monitoring of endangered species. From a social viewpoint, the project creates jobs and protects the Yine and Huitot communities, which are native to the area.
PROJECT sustainability GOALS
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