We raised $160,000 in support of this project, exceeding our goal for 2022!

Project Summary:

  1. Protecting and restoring the Alto Mayo region of Peru’s tropical rainforest while providing income for the indigenous women in that region.

    • Protecting the Alto Mayo Forest which contains high biodiversity – where 17 species are found nowhere else in the world!
    • Stopping deforestation.
    • Installing an office to provide the Awajún women a safe place to work and help them securing and sharing their traditional knowledge and economic empowerment.
    • Providing training for the Awajún women to strengthen their surveillance and monitoring of their Nuwas Forest.
  2. Protecting the Pacific Ocean along Peru’s coast.

    • Conservation and management of over 750,000 square miles of the Eastern Tropical Pacific.
    • Protecting key migratory species, support local fisheries, and possibly even discover new species!
    • Helping to protect and strengthen a newly created marine protected area off the coast of Peru, the Dorsal de Nasca, spanning over 24,000 square miles.
    • Helping to provide the critical foundation toward effective management, and lasting preservation.

Conservation International (CI) has worked in the Alto Mayo region of Peru since 2008, developing a deep understanding of the complex social and environmental landscape. The Alto Mayo Protected Forest contains high biodiversity, hosting more than 420 species of birds, 17 of which are found nowhere else in the world, as well as the two primate species, the Yellow-tailed Woolly Monkey and the San Martin Titi Monkey, found only in Peru and both critically endangered. 

Despite being also one of the areas of greatest importance for the supply of fresh water in the Amazonian Andes, the Alto Mayo Protected Forest is one of the natural protected areas with the highest levels of deforestation in Peru. This situation is caused by illegal logging for timber, illegal land grabbing and clearing for agriculture, mainly through the expansion of coffee, pastures, and subsistence crops. 

Conservation International’s goal is to catalyze transboundary conservation and improve management of least 2 million square kilometers of the Eastern Tropical Pacific to protect key highly migratory species and support local livelihoods by improving the management of at least five fisheries.