Forest protection and the management of natural resources in Manu Biosphere Reserve, Peru
As of: March 2019
Objective and activities
The purpose of the project is to conserve natural resources in Peru's Manu Biosphere Reserve, home to a unique and rich biological diversity. To this end, it assists the local population in managing natural resources. Measures include: utilisation agreements, development and dissemination of environmentally sound resource utilisation methods, reduction of human-wildlife conflict (for instance by setting up a hotline, building fences and conducting an environmental education campaign on the ecological function of wildlife) and delivering training for improved management of the Biosphere Reserve with increased codetermination by the representatives of local and indigenous groups. By preventing deforestation and supporting the natural regeneration of degraded areas, the project also contributes to climate change mitigation.
State of implementation/results
In 2017, UNESCO agreed to update the biosphere reserve's boundaries, increasing the area by almost 30%. The Manu National Park monitoring and control program has verified through aerial surveillance and special patrols that 96 % of the reserve is in good condition with no potential hazards. The creation of 15 textile manufacturing associations in the Mapacho Valley led to an increase in income for the families involved
- The project's support for the management of the Manu Biosphere Reserve enabled the positioning of the brand “Manu Biosphere Reserve” and the realization of trade fairs of the Biosphere Reserve in the city of Cusco. This has enabled 100 producers in the reserve's five districts to access the market and sell their products. The support of the Management Committee enables the various members and representatives to participate in the management of the Manu National Park.