Alto Mayo Rainforest, Peru

Protecting the Alto Mayo Forest, Peru

Alto Mayo Forest, Peru

Your MyTrees subscription funds tree planting in an area within Peru called the Alto Mayo Protection Forest. The Alto Mayo Protected Forest is located in the San Martin Region of Peru. The forest spans 450,000 acres, an area that is twice the size of New York City. This tropical forest is home to a diverse range of amazing plants and animals. The yellow-tailed woolly monkey, Peru’s biggest primate, is native to the Alto Mayo Protected Forest and is critically endangered. Alto Mayo also has a variety of orchids species that are at risk due to poor land use.

The yellow-tailed woolly monkey

Protecting the Alto Mayo Forest, Peru

Despite its protected status, the forest had some of the country's highest deforestation rates due to lack of enforcement of its protected status. A national highway was built through the forest, there was a substantial increase in people settling in the region and an increase in unsustainable farming practices. The result of these factors meant depleted soil and farmers cutting down more trees to maintain their production levels.

Our partner, Conservation International began working with local communities, businesses and the government to protect the Alto Mayo forest in 2008. Together they established a REDD+ project and placed economic value on the forest’s services. The project was validated under the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards in 2012.

Parkranger in the Alto Mayo Protected Forest. © Adrián Portugal

The Results

Climate: In 2015, the results of a second independent verification showed that the project has reduced deforestation at the site by 75% from baseline levels.

Climate: Since 2008 the Alto Mayo generated over 6.2 Million tons of emissions reductions. This is the equivalent of taking 150,000 cars off the road every year.

People: Over 240,000 people in the Alto Mayo Basin are benefitting indirectly from the project.

Biodiversity: Protects the home of diverse plants and animals. Which includes 400 bird species and 300 orchid species.

Protecting the Alto Mayo Forest, Peru

Protecting the Alto Mayo Forest, Peru

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