The project integrates conservation and sustainable economic development to protect 591,951 hectares of forest, an area roughly the size of the county of West Sussex, over twice the size of Tokyo or Moscow and four and a half times the size of the city of Los Angeles. By helping local farmers transition to sustainable cacao production in the margins of the protected area, degraded land is being restored, reducing the effects of deforestation and providing local communities with forest-friendly and sustainable livelihoods.
Project area and its threats
The Tambopata-Bahuaja Biodiversity Reserve is located in Madre de Dios, a region in southeastern Peru, in the Amazon Rainforest.
The project area includes the Tambopata National Reserve and the Bahuaja Sonene National Park, whose landscapes are threatened by illegal mining, logging, ‘slash and burn’ agriculture and infrastructure development. Mining poses the greatest threat to this landscape. Large numbers of mostly small-scale mining companies use highly polluting technology that contaminates the area’s rivers and the local water supply, including waste poisoned with mercury. The closeness and expansion of major roads, such as the Inter-Oceanic Highway, exacerbates the threat by facilitating access to mining opportunities in the forest. A number of social and environmental challenges are complicated by the competing forces of economic need and limited opportunities. Infrastructure development and migration are stimulated by natural resource extraction, but poverty rates remain high.
- 591,851 hectares of land protected
- 4,000 hectares restored to produce high-value fine aromatic cacao
- 4mtCO2e avoided emissions
- Over 30 species protected, including giant river otters, spider monkeys and jaguars
- 339 land titles secured for local farmers
- 288 farmers are members of a cooperative supporting 1,152 people
- 27% of farmers are women