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Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests

by A Rocha Peru
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests
Empowering Communities to Conserve Dry Forests

Summary

With only 2% remaining, Peru's dry forests are one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. Native trees are heavily logged yet are crucial to the survival and wellbeing of local communities and endangered wildlife. Located on Peru's northern coast, this project will work with low-income farmers and community members to reforest this threatened landscape. Local people will be trained on how to restore and sustainably manage dry forests in ways that boost their income and conserve habitat.

$1,376
total raised
8
donors
0
monthly donors
3
months

Challenge

Peru's coastal dry forests are a unique and biodiverse ecosystem. However, 29,000 hectares are deforested every year, threatening this habitat and many endangered species. Deforestation is primarily due to agricultural and urban expansion as well as indiscriminate logging from demand for firewood and charcoal. These drivers exacerbate poverty amongst low-income, smallholder farming communities who depend upon dry forests for food, water, shade, income, and protection from climate events.

Solution

Our project empowers local communities to conserve dry forests in two key ways. Firstly, we work with community members to protect and restore existing dry forest landscapes. Secondly, we develop the capacity of low-income farmers to conserve and sustainably use dry forest landscapes through environmental education and agroforestry training. As a result, the project will boost sustainable income for smallholder farming communities while simultaneously restoring dry forest biodiversity.

Long-Term Impact

In the long-term, this project will protect and restore dry forest landscapes, reducing threats to endangered species and communities vulnerable to climate events. Additionally, low-income, farming communities will possess the capacity to conserve dry forests and expand agricultural production in a sustainable way. They will also be able to share their knowledge and skills with others, increasing the project's impact in support of national dry forest conservation and poverty alleviation.

Resources

http:/​/​www.arocha.pe/​
Learn more about our project on our website
Watch a video on dry forests and our previous work

Organization Information

A Rocha Peru

Location: Lima - Peru
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @arochaperu2015
Project Leader:
Camille Allan
Lima, Lima Peru

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