Tambopata-Bahuaja Biodiversity Reserve, Peru

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The Tambopata Biodiversity Reserve and Agroforestry project combines the Tambopata National Reserve and the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park, which are both internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots in the Peruvian Amazon. Here, the lush tropical rainforests provide habitat for an incredible variety of rare and endangered wildlife.

This project is creating an economic buffer zone around a 591,119 hectare forest (an area about the size of Los Angeles). By helping local farmers with the transition to sustainable cocoa production, degraded land is being restored and deforestation pressures relieved. This creates a barrier to protect the rainforest and provides people with a forest-friendly and sustainable livelihood.

Conservation and protection activities inside the forest include biological monitoring and scientific research, as well as surveillance and control of illegal human behaviours.

This project is implemented on the ground by the Peruvian NGO, AIDER.

Measurable impacts

  • Climate

    3,982,427 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided

  • Ecosystems

    591,119 hectares of threatened forest protected

  • Species

    30 High Conservation Value species protected, including Giant Otters, Blue Macaw and Giant Armadillo

  • Livlihood

    400 jobs created or supported

  • Inclusivity

    25% of jobs held by women

  • Sustainable enterprise

    Develop a cocoa cooperative including building a cocoa processing facility.

    Read the story about the facility’s successful completion and what it does to support farmers.

  • Fair Economic Return

    €2,161,230 contributed to the local economy

  • Sustainable commodities

    Fairtrade and organic. fine, aromatic cocoa; Brazil nut

External standards

Sustainable Development Goals

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