As of: July 2015
Co-management of the Amazon in Peru
Objective and activities
The project provides training in institution-building and management to the co-management partners. Also financial support to the existing organisational structure being used by local communities for co-management is provided. Instruments such as boundary markers, a local monitoring system to combat illegal logging, conflict management, environmental education and biodiversity monitoring are all being further developed and implemented. The project is helping local communities with the sustainable use of forest products for additional income generation. Indigenous communities, among others, are being empowered to establish their own commercial enterprises to, for example, purchase products like rubber from members of their community and subsequently process and market such products. The lessons learned from these activities will be fed back into the national nature protection reform process by SERNANP and MINAM using publications, events and targeted advisory support.
State of implementation/results
- The legal framework for Co-Management of protected areas – the Regimen Especial – is currently in revision process between SERNANP, ECA and national representations of the indigenous organisations (AIDESEP, CONAP).
- In the pilot areas of the project, various instruments for the detection of illegal deforestation have been applied: new boundary demarcations were installed, village committees were instructed und provided with special equipment (field glasses, solar lamps, boats)
- Within the activities on intercultural environmental education biodiversity competitions on 17 schools were organised and workshops for teachers were held. The developed teaching concepts are highly demanded by regional school authorities. In Ucayali, the concepts were already institutionalised.
- Seven women groups are being supported by the project to commercialize the local production of forest- und arts handcraft.