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Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative

The carbon pollution generated from burning and clearing tropical forests is comparable to the greenhouse gas emissions from all of the world’s cars, trucks, and planes combined.  To combat this issue, the Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative is protecting and restoring 450,000 acres of the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, thereby reducing tropical deforestation in the San Martín region of northern Peru – an area twice the size of New York City.

Conservation International is working together with the Peruvian Government, as part of the Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative, to provide sustainable economic opportunities to local families in the area, while protecting a critical watershed that supports the 240,000 inhabitants of the Alto Mayo Basin, and safeguarding the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, home to over 1,000 unique species, including rare birds, amphibians, plants, orchids and the Yellow-tailed wooly monkey that are native to Peru.

The Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative is addressing the main causes of deforestation in the area by working directly with local communities. Over 200 families have pledged not to cut down the Alto Mayo’s trees, in return for agricultural training and other benefits, such as educational materials and medical supplies. One example of the Initiative’s progress in the community, thus far, has been technical assistance and training in organic coffee production by qualified professionals for coffee farmers within the community.

The Alto Mayo Conservation Initiative project was successfully validated under the Verified Carbon Standard and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standards through an independent audit of the project’s design and methodology.

You can learn more about the project on Conservation International’s website and read the project description here.

Photo © Conservation International/photo Bailey Evans

This is an emission reduction project that has been sponsored by Sustainable Travel International

Verification: The Verified Carbon Standard & The Climate Community and Biodiversity Alliance
Crediting Period: 2009-2018

Projected Annual Emission Reductions: