Dear Friends of the Forest!
A Rocha Peru and local communities continue to protect and conserve the dry forests in Pacasmayo, La Libertad. In November, the project conducted its second planting campaign of the year. These campaigns restore degraded dry forest landscapes with Algarrobo and other native trees. The campaign planted forty carob trees (Prosopis spp) across 0.4 hectares of land in Pueblo Nuevo with the collaboration of a landowner and the Craftswomen group of Cañoncillo Forest.
During the period, the project continued to study fuelwood consumption and carbon dioxide (Co2) emissions in ten households in San Demetrio and Pueblo Nuevo. The results have indicated that compared to the rustic cookstoves, the improved cookstoves reduced carbon dioxide emissions in San Demetrio and Pueblo Nuevo households by 28.2% and 16.3%, respectively.
Furthermore, the project carried out workshops for craftswomen to improve their handicrafts using sustainable dry forest resources. The participants of these workshops were the craftswomen of the Cañoncillo Forest, a group made up of 9 women from the communities of Tecapa, Santote, Cañoncillo, Santa Maria, and Pueblo Nuevo. Betty Zapata, a native cotton craftswoman from the town of Batan Grande, gave a talk on how to organize a group of craftswomen and ways to promote their handicrafts. In a second workshop in Monsefú, the group learned how to use a new material of laurel branches for their handicrafts. The group also learned techniques to improve their handicrafts with rush grass.
The project conducted photographic exhibitions in November and December, with over 1,100 students participating from Tecapa Secondary School, San Vicente De Paul de Trujillo School, and San Demetrio School. The exhibition showcased project photos of conservation, research, and environmental education activities to spread awareness of the project and its achievements during the year.
Another important achievement has been the installation of apiaries in Tronco Prieto Forest where the bees forage on the flowering algarrobo trees. Bees play a crucial role in the conservation of biodiversity by pollinating wildflowers in the area, and beekeeping helps to increase the farmers’ income, and reduce their dependence on unsustainable forest products. In October, A Rocha Peru, with a dedicated beekeeper, explored the Tronco Prieto forest and met with Muchick Conservation Group to investigate the possibility of installing apiaries. In addition, the project held two beekeeping workshops for the local community in which 10 people participated. The installed apiaries will be managed by the people trained in the workshops. The apiaries have already been a success producing 12 liters of organic honey in January.
We would like to thank you all for your contributions, and we look forward to your continued support as the year progresses.
A Rocha Peru
Reforestation campaign, November 2022
Improved oven installation, July 2022
Workshops for craftswomen, November 2022
Photography exhibition, November 2022
Beekeeping in Tronco Prieto Forest, December 2022