New partners for nature conservation in Peru's Andes
The remote village of Patanmarca is located in a remote area of the Peruvian Andes at the edge of the Manu National Park. For a long time, the reserve, where agriculture is forbidden, was a source of irritation for communities in need of arable land. But for some time now, as locals have developed new sources of income in harmony with nature and beyond farming, attitudes towards the park have been changing.
With the help of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (ZGF), former farmer Armando Zuñiga was trained as a ranger and firefighter. On-site training was provided by the Peruvian park authority SERNANP in cooperation with Spanish partners. A total of five villagers have now been certified and are responsible for training the community fire brigades.
Zuñiga's wife, Fanny Cruz, collaborated with other locals to set up a textile association in the community, and is now able to make a living from selling colorful wool and alpaca fabrics. José Jesús Zuñiga used to be a maize farmer, but with the support of the ZGF he has learned to raise bees and produce honey.
A film by Carolina Quesada and Cristian Bonilla
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