Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests

by A Rocha Peru
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests
Help communities to conserve Peru's Dry Forests

A Rocha Peru continues to navigate through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and in July, after a four-month absence in the field, the Dry Forest Project recommenced some field activities in Pacasmayo.  Initially, the project team reviewed all project activities and assessed the state of  the Cañoncillo and Tronco Prieto dry forests. The project plan was amended to correct the impacts from the COVID-19 quarantine and to ensure that our objectives will still be achieved.

We have prioritised first and foremost, the safety and well-being of all staff and the local community, implementing COVID-19 protocols and government regulations for the team to rigorously follow.

The reforestation areas were impacted by our absence in the field and in order to restore deteriorated plants, a planting campaign was conducted in August, replacing 143 plants across 2.98 hectares of existing reforested areas in Santonte, Jatanca, Bosque La Yuca, Santa Maria.  It included the help of 31 people.   In addition, an additional planting campaign was conducted in new areas across 0.37 hectares in Santonte and San Padro de Lloc planting 60 Algarrobo with the participation of 12 people. To further protect and nurture the trees, assisted natural regeneration techniques continue to be applied within the intervention area.

Monitoring visits resumed in August, evaluating plant health in over 3.35 hectares of the reforested areas. During the monitoring visits the team observed a presence of animals such as the Peruvian miner (Geositta peruviana), the Peruvian lizard (Microlophus peruvianus), and an owl (Athene cunicularia).

The conservation groups of Tecapa, Muchick-Santonte and the Cerro Pitura Protection Group suspended patrols in the forests during the quarantine period and as a result the forests experienced several changes such as increased illegal logging. In partnership with A Rocha Peru, the conservation groups resumed patrols and surveillance of the dry forests in August to help avoid illegal logging of the forests. In addition, the Muchick group installed the gate in the entrance of Santonte to allow greater control over illegal logging and carried out a forest inventory.

A HUGE thank you for your incredible support and generosity that helps us to continue with our important work to restore, conserve and sustainably manage dry forest landscapes with local communities in Peru, so thank you!

Stay safe and well.

Reforestation Activities
Reforestation Activities
Surveillance Patrol in Canoncillo Forest
Surveillance Patrol in Canoncillo Forest
Patrol with the Muchik conservation group
Patrol with the Muchik conservation group
Reforestation Activities
Reforestation Activities
Reforestation Activities
Reforestation Activities

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Reforestation Team in Santonte
Reforestation Team in Santonte

The Dry Forest Project continues to work towards achieving its goal of collaborating with local communities to restore, conserve, and sustainably manage dry forest landscapes.  Since 2019, we have succeeded in reforesting nearly 9 hectares with 971 native seedlings!

In February, the project formalized two agreements to protect one hectare of degraded dry forest areas in La Yuca forest and a private area surrounding agricultural land in Santonte.  These areas were reforested with the help of community members.  A total of 190 seedlings were planted.

Community members participated in the monitoring of previously reforested areas in Santonte, Jatanca, Pablo Nuevo and Santa Maria and an irrigation alternative, called the Tree T-PEE, was implemented.  Muchick and CAU Tecapa Conservation Groups were supported in their monthly meetings, a natural regeneration activity to the Canoncillo forest and some Dry Forest Patrols were also carried out.

Furthermore, local community members were trained on the importance of the dry forest, the indiscriminate use of pesticides and how to make biol, a natural fertilizer.  The project also held an environmental education talk with children in Santonte about the conservation and protection of the endemic and endangered lizard, the ‘cañan’ (Dicrodon guttulatum).

As the world is staggering to come to terms with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have definitely not escaped its grip in Perú. On March 16, the Peruvian government declared a State of Emergency, enforcing a nationwide quarantine and introduced strict measures such as border closures, including the suspension of national and international travel. The Peruvian population has been in strict isolation in their homes and life as we know it has come to a halt.

Due to the State of Emergency, the Dry Forest Project field activities, meetings and workshops in La Libertad have been suspended. As we adapt to these unprecedented circumstances, we continue to serve our communities as best we can with a small team working from home, carrying out administrative and operational activities, including planning, fundraising and communications.   A Rocha Peru has needed to conduct a full review and reprioritize activities planning in hope to resume the project at the start of July 2020.

A Rocha Peru would like to thank all those who have supported us with their donations during the GlobalGiving Climate Action Campaign. Every donation helps us to continue our Dry Forest project in Pacasmayo. Thank you all for your incredible support. In times like this, we’re reminded of how interconnected we all are. Thank you for being part of our community. Without you, none of it is possible.

Stay safe and well.

Planting in Santonte
Planting in Santonte
Community monitoring
Community monitoring
Measuring plant growth
Measuring plant growth
Training on the preparation of biol
Training on the preparation of biol
Environmental education, Santonte
Environmental education, Santonte
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CAU Tecapa Patrol
CAU Tecapa Patrol

A Rocha Peru is commencing its third year of the Dry Forest Conservation project in Pacasmayo, helping to collaborate with local communities to restore, conserve, and sustainably manage dry forest landscapes.

In January 2020, a new conservation agreement was established to protect 0.28 has of degraded forest in Santa Maria, adjacent to an agricultural zone. This resulted in the project undertaking its third planting campaign, reforesting the 0.28 hectares by planting 60 seedlings with 6 community members.   

The project, in collaboration with local beneficiaries, conducted monthly monitoring visits of nearly 700 trees that had been planted in the reforestation phases of 2019. Irrigation alternatives are currently being identified to help better protect the trees.

The local conservation groups of CAU Tecapa and Muchick-Santonte continued to have monthly meetings and undertake their monthly patrols of the dry forest, to identify illegal logging and fuelwood collection activities in the conservation areas. In addition, in January participants from the Muchick group were trained in bare-root reforestation methodology which was then applied in their routine patrol to the Tronco Prieto forest.

With regards to capacity building, A Rocha Peru continues to give workshops to transfer knowledge and capacity to restore, conserve and sustainably manage dry forest landscapes. In December, 25 local community members were trained on leadership and ecotourism in natural protected areas. In January, 6 people from the local community were trained on Agroforestry, its importance and application.

The project meets monthly with artisans. At their December meeting, they held a Christmas celebration with a sale of handicrafts and in January, they expressed the diversity of the Canoncillo forest through environmental drawings learning a new painting technique on canvas.

Reforestation
Reforestation
Dry Forest Patrols
Dry Forest Patrols
Community monitoring in reforested areas
Community monitoring in reforested areas
Ecotourism Workshop
Ecotourism Workshop
Ecoclub activities in Santonte
Ecoclub activities in Santonte
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Community cookstove area (before installation)
Community cookstove area (before installation)

This report covers the period September-November 2019 (inclusive). The project is currently delivering the second phase of reforestation activities, which commenced in November and will conclude in December 2019. To date 96 tree seedlings have been planted, from the 330 tree seedlings produced in the local municipal nursery as at the end of August. For further detail on this planting Campaign please refer to attachment 1 which outlines beneficiaries and number of trees planted by location. Trees planted earlier in the year as part of the project's initial restoration activities are growing well and being monitored on a monthly basis.

The local conservation groups of Tecapa and Muchick-Santonte continue to undertake at least monthly patrols of the dry forest, in partnership with A Rocha Peru, to identify illegal logging and fuelwood collection activities in the conservation areas. They are more established and continue to undertake capacity building through meetings and planned activities with A Rocha Peru. The Muchick group has established a micro business focused on the production of algarrobina syrup with sales of 800 soles or approximately 250 dollars as at October.

With regards to capacity building, the project has continued to deliver workshops on the production of traditional crafts using sustainable dry forest resources. The workshops focused on basket making with different local grasses, bark and dry matter harvested from the dry forest floor, including ‘viruli’, ‘hinea’, ‘carrizo’ and “junco”, as well as weaving with plastic bags. A total of 14 sessions have been held since June with an average of 13 participants per session of which 66% were female. 

A Rocha Peru held a number of workshops in partnership with other local and regional agencies during this period, including a specialist workshop on forestry legislation, in partnership with the Agrarian Agency of Pacasmayo, and a specialist workshop on local fauna in el Cañoncillo dry forest, in partnership with the NGO Conservacción.

Finally A Rocha Peru and the local community participated in World Clean up day on 21 September 2019 in the El Cañoncillo dry forest. This was a successful community event that encouraged participation and a positive approach to caring and conserving the local environment. 

Same area with new efficient cookstove installed
Same area with new efficient cookstove installed
Participating in World Clean Up Day on 21 Sept
Participating in World Clean Up Day on 21 Sept
Community member participating in reforestation
Community member participating in reforestation
November reforestation campaign
November reforestation campaign

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Planting Algarrobo seedlings for Reforestation
Planting Algarrobo seedlings for Reforestation

This report covers the period June-August 2019 (inclusive). The project is currently preparing for reforestation activities planned for November 2019. Native tree seedlings planted in the local municipal nurser total 330 and are growing well and as planned, measuring 15-20cm high at the end of August. Trees planted earlier in the year as part of the project's initial restoration activities are growing well and being monitored on a monthly basis.

The local conservation groups of Tecapa and Muchick-Santonte have undertaken several dry forest patrols to identify illegal logging and fuelwood collection activities in the conservation areas. The patrols were successful in halting several community members collecting wood without permission and in educating them about the protection of the dry forest. This is an important activity in supporting local communities to manage dry forest conservation areas long term.

A number of capacity building activities have taken place. Three environmental education sessions have been delivered to local community members on the topics of ecotourism, local flora and fauna and Dry Forest project progress, with the participation of 39 community members. Children at 6 primary and secondary schools in the area participated in 12 coordinated ecoclub activities at their schools, led by A Rocha Peru, witha  total of 246 participants in these activities, which focused on waste reuse, recycling and repurposing, composting and management of the school's vegetable garden. Finally three workshops were delivered to 10 local community members on traditional basket making techniques using recovered dry forest resources, with a view to expanding local income generating potential through such activities.

There has been no planned activity around the installation of cookstoves in this quarter. This activity is scheduled to commence in the next quarter with installation complete early in 2020.

Patrolling the forest with the Muchick Association
Patrolling the forest with the Muchick Association
Ecoclub members planting trees in school gardens
Ecoclub members planting trees in school gardens
Reuse and recycling activity with the community
Reuse and recycling activity with the community
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Filipa Brasch
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