Peru's coastal dry forests are currently threatened, impacting biodiversity and the vulnerability of the low-income communities that depend on them. This project will educate 200 community members in La Libertad, Peru, to conserve, protect and sustainably manage over 1350 hectares of dry forest habitat. Specifically, this project will deliver 24 capacity building workshops, reforest 3 hectares of land, install 10 fuel efficient cookstoves, and create opportunities for sustainable livelihoods.
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 5% 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 6 local farming communities to restore, conserve, and sustainably manage 1350 hectares of local dry forest landscapes. Specifically, it will reforest 3 hectares of land with over 300 native trees; educate at least 200 local beneficiaries on agroforestry, restoration, conservation and sustainable forest management; implement 10 fuel efficient cookstoves; and work with stakeholders to implement forest management and ecotourism measures to enable sustainable livelihoods.
In the long-term, the project will restore up to 9 hectares of degraded land by 2021, and influence and protect over 1350 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.