London, United Kingdom
San Miguel, Peru
01 July 2020
Who better to protect the rainforest than the locals? This project enables Peruvian communities to use the land in sustainable ways, from extracting timber to growing cacao and developing rubber bio-textiles. By contributing, you’ll help conserve 119,837 hectares of threatened forest.
Nii Kaniti means ‘forest development’ in the local Peruvian language. Native communities are the second largest managers of forest land in Peru so they’re critical to the protection of forests, biodiversity, culture and climate. This land is highly vulnerable. ‘Slash and burn’ agriculture, land grabbing and illegal use of forest resources have all contributed to deforestation.
The project addresses the economic drivers of deforestation. It does this by developing both sustainable alternative land use and better land and forest management. Thanks to carbon credits issuance, the project rewards forest protection and encouraging activities such as agroforestry and reforestation with native wood species to help maintain primary forests and increase vegetation cover.
By protecting 119,837 hectares of critical rainforest ecosystem, the project will avoid 2.7 million tCO2e of emissions by 2021. Not only that, but more than 2,000 women and 550 families will have a better livelihood thanks to the income generated from carbon credits for the project activities. And, through better forest governance, tropical rainforest habitat is being conserved. That means local flora and fauna are being protected, including three threatened species – the jaguar, blue-headed macaw and the tapir.
Everything you want to know about this project, at a glance.