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Coffee farmers protect Peruvian rainforest

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For decades, Peru's mestizo population has been advancing ever further into the jungle. More people than ever are living off the forest - and have destroyed it in the process, by clearing the forest to set up coffee plantations. For example, in the community of Shampuyacu in the country’s remote San Martin region, there used to be about 4,000 hectares of forest. Today, only 600 remain. This project aims to reforest the area - and convince the locals that trees and coffee don't have to compete. As part of the REDD+ project, the people in the region are learning to not only live off the forest, but with it. They are still growing coffee and also protecting the forest at the same time.

A report by Dan Hirschfeld

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Length
7:10 Minutes

Country
Peru

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