Communities committed to protect Peruvian ‘safe haven’ | WWF

Communities committed to protect Peruvian ‘safe haven’

Posted on
21 June 2017
The Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary in northern Peru is supposed to be a safe haven for many species, including mountain tapirs, dwarf deer and mountain shrews. Here they are protected by the government’s National Protected Areas Service (SERNANP), as well as by locals who understand the important services provided by the sanctuary.
 
Unfortunately, despite local efforts, this remarkable sanctuary is under threat from unsustainable activities such as extensive crop and cattle farming. These activities, which contribute to deforestation, are driven by limited opportunities for local development.
 
In response, WWF-Peru and local communities have been working together to identify sustainable activities that could help recover and safeguard local ecosystems instead of degrading them.

These include:

Shade-grown cacao and coffee
 
Shade-grown organic cacao and coffee have successfully been promoted, providing a major income source for the community. There are also other benefits from growing these crops under the shade of a canopy of trees and plants ‒ helping to avoid deforestation and preserving flora and fauna in more than 79,000 hectares of forests.
 
Soil recovery
 
To help improve the quality and productivity of coffee crops, more than 18,000 rust-resistant coffee seedlings have been sown to date in Ihuamaca district; 2.75 degraded hectares of the Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary have been renewed; and 6,000 romerillo seedlings, which aid water catchment, have been planted.
 
Beekeeping grows income
 
10 modules for beekeeping have been installed in San Ignacio province, generating up to S/500 of additional monthly income for locals and contributing to plant reproduction and the preservation of biodiversity.
 
Kitchens improve lives
 
At least 500 people have benefited from 38 improved kitchens installed in the districts of Ihuamaca and Pueblo Libre. These have generated savings of 50% compared to the cost of firewood and tree felling; helped to prevent locals suffering from smoke-related diseases; and halved CO2 emissions in comparison with previous stoves.