Each year, more than 120,000 hectares of forests disappear in the Peruvian Amazon due to causes ranging from agricultural expansion to mining.
A new initiative, with the support of WWF-Peru, seeks to tackle this problem in the Tahuamanu province of Peru’s Madre de Dios department, where 12,000 hectares of forest – home to indigenous peoples, including those who wish to remain isolated, and incredible species such as the jaguar and tapir – are lost each year. Currently, 10 cattle producers are taking part in the pilot, implementing sustainable practices that encourage healthier soils on their farms – helping to increase productivity and reduce pressures on the forests.
“As a technical ally of the initiative, we seek to promote the integrity, transparency and participation of the authorities, producers and citizens of Madre de Dios. In this way, we hope to increase the positive impact and be able to scale this pilot in order to implement good practices in other cattle raising farms,” said María Eugenia Arroyo, Monitoring Specialist for WWF-Peru.