Projects - International Climate Initiative (IKI)

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As of: November 2016

Compensatory payments for conservation of tropical forests

Objective and activities

The project supported the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (MINAM) in developing an innovative approach to solving the problem of ongoing deforestation: indigenous communities that ensure tropical forest in their area is conserved would receive cash transfers. This acknowledges their role in protecting the climate and biodiversity and compensates them for their work. The financially weak communities can use these funds to implement their own investment plans and make long-term investments towards their own development. The project aimed to identify an appropriate level for the financial compensation, coordinate the transfer of funds, ensure local people are involved and mainstream this innovative approach within the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment's Tropical Forest Programme (PNCB).

Follow-up project:

“Compensatory payments for the protection of indigenous community forests within the context of Peru’s tropical forest programme (CBC II)”

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • Pilot regions in Selva Central, Condorcanqui / Amazonas, San Martín
  • Compensation payments implemented for an area of 989.301 ha and 82 Indigenous communities including 38.000 individuals
  • Evaluation of the concept of financial compensation for three pilot regions conducted, results have been integrated into strategic documents of PNCB
  • Deforestation was highly reduced after the disbursement of financial compensation in the pilot regions
  • Methodology for pilot region and community selection developed
  • Guidelines, methods, instruments and trainings for Indigenous communities developed, revised and integrated into PNCB
  • Study on the distribution of cadasters for ecological and economic of important seed trees gives recommendations for the valorization of degraded land
  • Baseline, moduls and database (GeoBosque) for the ecological monitoring of deforestation dynamics as well as an early warning system developed and implemented in the pilot regions
  • Capacity building through numerous workshops, trainings, project visits and exchange meetings organized

Project data


Partner institution:

Ministry of the Environment (MINAM) Peru

Implementing organisation:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

BMUB grant:
€ 3,056,309.82

12/2010 till 02/2014


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