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Castañeros

Supporting the guardians of the Amazon Rainforest

HIGHLIGHTS

Carbon Stored

+1.5 

Million Tonnes co2e sequestered yearly

Project Area

300,000

 Hectares

Protected forests

300,000

Hectares

Deforestation avoided

3,515

Hectares

Project

REDD+

Certified by

VCS

THE LOCATION

The Story

The Castaneros project is located in Madre de Dios, one of the most biodiverse areas of the planet, also called the “Biodiversity Capital of Peru.” It is a biologically rich rainforest, home to a vast variety of plant and animal species.

The region has lost over 200,000 hectares of rainforest in the past 15 years, the deforestation rate is increasing yearly mostly due to the construction of the Inter-Oceanic Highway connecting Brazil and Peru. Through the project 300,00 hectares of Amazon rainforests are being protected. The project protects endangered species and helps the local communities that can benefit from the project’s sustainable revenue streams gained through the protection and responsible management of the forests.

   THE ANALYSIS


321 million trees protected from deforestation
Regeneration and protection of plant and animal species
Conduct research programs to evaluate flora and fauna
Sustainable cultivation and forestry

E

405 local families benefited
Provision of legal and technical assistance to the community.
Supply of machinery, technology, and equipment
Training in fire management and forestry

S

Incorporating 50 new families per year.
Diffusion and training of the control and surveillance system.
Efficient monitoring of the forest.
Aiming to reach 655 members by 2025.

G

ESG
SNAPSHOT

Environmental 
outlook

Summary 

The project aims to avoid the increase of deforestation activities, this commitment results in the maintenance of biodiversity levels.

The logging activities, the removal of forest cover and hunting are all activities that have been reducing the number of species in the area. Thanks to the protection of the forest and the monitoring done by the project the biodiverse ecosystem is protected and allows the animals to survive and thrive.

The Program

The project supports repopulation by increasing the area of habitat. The process involves a research program that constantly assess the biological wealth of the area, the program pays careful attention and identifies and surveil all the species found in the area with the scope of promoting their protection.

They preserve vital water resources and providing undisturbed food for nesting, feeding and migration habitat.

Flora & Fauna

The region is home to 49 threatened species, including the jaguar,

lowland tapir, otter, and giant anteater. Among them the threatened big mammals include the Giant armadillo, the Lobo de rio, the Maquisapa. Regarding endangered birds the Huishuincho, the family of the Psittacidae (parrots and macaws) and finally Águila Harpia.  
The flora includes:
Añuje, Ardilla roja, Sajino,, which survive with the fruits and seeds produced by the forest; the Venado rojo, Venado cenizo, Sachavaca

  

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Summary

The Castañeros project helps more than 405 families protect and practice sustainable cultivation of 300,000 hectares of Brazil nut forest trees.

It creates economic opportunity activities that provide year-round income to the local community, allowing them to earn a substantial income through forest protection.

About the Community

The project is designed to grow, adding more families each year, and training them to engage in sustainable trades and services.

In addition, the project continuously spreads awareness about environmentally damaging activities, such as exploitive fishing, hunting, or gathering of flora, to protect the natural flow of the ecosystem.

Social 
Outlook

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Summary

The credits obtained from the project have supported the formation and maintenance of FEBROCAMP, a civic body completely managed and governed by the people most affected by the losses in the region.

This body ensures that activities are maintained, sustainable livelihoods are optimized, and that families are supported through empowerment.

Efficient Monitoring systems

The goal of the project at the end of the third year is the implementation of a system of control and surveillance with checkpoints, necessary equipment and trained personnel that will enable an efficient monitoring of the forest.
The project will spread, sensitize and train, with the participation of the Brazil nut organization, in the implementation of monitoring systems, its components, and its strategy and functioning, to the local people, especially to the authorities, local leaders and groups present in the Project Zone. Likewise, specialized training will be provided to developers and these work and training will be conducted through workshops, introductory meetings.

Governmental
Outlook