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.
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.
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.
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Watch a video on dry forests and our previous work