Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest

by EcoSwell
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Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest
Preserving Peru's Unique Dry Forest

Summary

The tropical dry forest and marine-coastal areas are important sites for native and migratory threatened wildlife, and they are being faced with desertification and water contamination. By working together with the local community to develop ecotourism sites and implement wastewater treatment, this project seeks to create additional, sustainable revenue streams for marginalized communities and raise environmental awareness so local authorities will decide to ensure the preservation of the land.

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Challenge

The tropical dry forest is under severe threat, and its conservation is crucial because it hosts an abundance of native and endemic flora and fauna and acts as a primary barrier against heavy rains, floods, and phenomena like El Nino. However, only 10% of the original dry forest remains because socio-economic challenges have led local communities to resort to extensive logging, and other human activity has resulted in pollution from wastewater, overgrazing, and ongoing desertification.

Solution

Working closely with the local communities of the dry forest, we have developed ecotourism routes that offer sustainable economic alternatives to logging. Additionally, in Negritos, our pilot biotreatment project is enhancing the quality of effluent water through innovative, nature-based solutions, and we have trained community members in hydrogeophysics for groundwater monitoring to further implement our wastewater treatment efforts in the dry forest.

Long-Term Impact

Implementing ecotourism and wastewater treatment while educating local communities on conservation can stabilize their source of income and lead them to carry-out more sustainable land-use practices, which will maintain the local climate and improve soil health and biodiversity. Also, these initiatives foster a sense of empowerment and ensure that their benefits stay within the community, which will ideally increase the local government's stake in maintaining and protecting the dry forest.

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Organization Information

EcoSwell

Location: Lima - Peru
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Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @EcoSwell_
Project Leader:
Diego Almendrades
Lobitos , Talara Peru

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