29,000 hectares of Peru's coastal dry forests are cleared every year, with key species of trees becoming endangered and valuable biodiversity lost. Low-income farming communities rely upon these forests for water, food, income, and protection from disasters such as landslides and floods. Only 3% of dry forests remain, increasingly impacted by climate change, agricultural expansion, and illegal logging of native trees for fuel. Communities require support to protect and manage these forests.
This project will support local farming communities to restore, conserve, and sustainably manage over 1,350 hectares of local dry forest landscapes. Specifically, the project will create protection agreements with landowners, restore degraded land with 900 native species, install 30 improved cookstoves to reduce domestic firewood usage, sensitize and spread awareness on dry forest restoration, conservation, and sustainable management and create opportunities for sustainable livelihoods.
In the long-term, the project will restore up to 12 hectares of degraded land by 2024, and influence and protect over 1,350 hectares of local dry forest landscapes, reducing threats to endangered species and communities vulnerable to climate events. Additionally, at least 6 low-income, farming communities will possess the capacity to conserve dry forests and realise sustainable economic activities that enhance their income, with the ability to share their knowledge and skills with others.