Protection and regeneration of the high Andean puna grassland and the tree line forest of the Manu Biosphere Reserve (PunaManu)
As of: October 2021
The Manu Biosphere Reserve is one of the biodiversity-richest and intact ecosystems at global level. It is object of long-term conservation efforts and source of sustainable livelihood for the local population. The characteristic Puna grasslands and Andean timberline forests of the high Andes part of Manu contribute to climate protection, biodiversity conservation and supply critical downstream ecosystem services. The treeline region of the community of Lucuybamba in the Mapacho Valley, upper Manu National Park, has been a focus for restoration from human impacts. In cooperation with local population and park administration, the project supports the withdrawal of cattle and fire prevention measures, thus contributing to the recovery of the natural ecosystem. Flora and fauna as well as carbon storage capacities are monitored to document the process of restoring natural ecosystem functions. Environmentally-sound use of natural resources by locals is being further encouraged through education and the generation of an alliance of stakeholders with local communities.