Alto Huayabamba Conservation

Protecting two globally recognised ecosystems of exceptional biodiversity

Peru
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The project lies within a corridor between two eco-regions of significant global importance: the eastern foothills of the tropical Andes and the Great Wild Area of the Amazon, in the lowland areas of the Amazonian Andes. Here, the main drivers of deforestation include clearing land for pasture, industrial crops, illicit coca plantations and mining. These activities have become prevalent due to the lack of alternative economic opportunities in the region and are putting increasing pressure on the land and local wildlife.

Location
Peru
Type
Avoided Deforestation
Registry
Standards
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Sustainable Development Goals

1. No Poverty

New income streams

for families with precarious livelihoods, such as through quinoa and honey production

2. Zero Hunger

Sustainable agricultural practices

increase productivity and reduce food costs for local families

8. Decent work and economic growth

8 job opportunities

including 5 full-time positions*

13. Climate Action

52,000 tonnes of CO2e

mitigated on average per year

15. Life on land

53,410 hectares

protected from deforestation, including parts of the Peruvian Yungas and habitat of over 200 species

The Solution

Located in the Mariscal Cáceres Province, in central-north Peru, the project spans over 53,000 hectares. The protected area forms part of a vast wildlife corridor, the Abiseo- Cóndor-Kutukú Corridor, which extends from Sangay National Park in Ecuador to the Cordillera Azul National Park in Perú. The project aims to reduce emissions associated with deforestation and land degradation, by working with the local community to implement sustainable initiatives: effective land management, environmental education and strengthening local governance. Another main aim of the project is to maintain the water balance of the upper basin of the Huayabamba River, which supplies water for families living further downstream.

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"By encouraging local families to grow quinoa, an ancient and highly nutritious Andean grain, we aim to provide an alternative to cattle ranching, which is degrading the ecosystems of the High Andes."

Carlos Correa, Quinoa producer and technician at the Alto Huayabamba project

The project protects the habitats of numerous threatened species, expanding the network of corridors created for jaguars and pumas to once again roam across Latin America.

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The project actively engages the community in conservation work, to protect the forest for long term.

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Where the Andes and the Amazon collide; this area holds unique biodiversity that is recognised around the globe.

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Protecting the habitat of the critically endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey. (Credit: AMPA)

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There are just 1,000-10,000 adult yellow-tailed woolly monkeys left in the wild. (Credit: Elvis Charpentier | IIAP)

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The Impact

The project reduces greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by preventing deforestation and instead conserving natural ecosystems to boost carbon sequestration. By protecting the Alto Huayabamba area, the project protects many endemic and threatened animal species–like the critically endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey– but also the services that strong and healthy ecosystems provide, in this case, filtering freshwater from the Huayabamba River. Working hand-in-hand with the local community, there are also a number of social and economic initiatives that benefit families living in the area. So far, 24 local families have had their kitchens improved, access to environmental education has increased, and the project has offered a number of job opportunities.

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"We are alleviating pressure on the habitat of endemic, threatened wildlife like the yellow-tailed woolly monkey. We also prevent people from burning the high mountain grasslands or hunting of species such as deer and spectacled bears."

Marco Gutierrez, Head of the Concesión para Conservación Alto Huayabamba (CCAH)

Project Progress

2019
2020
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Project Progress

Launch!

As part of the ISA Fund's Connexion Jaguar programme, South Pole worked with experts in the field, Panthera, ATTA to develop this ecosystem protection project under the VCS and CCBS standards. The project creates a huge wildlife corridor from the Sangay National Park in Ecuador to the Cordillera Azul NationalPark in Perú!

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Project Progress

Spectacled Bear spotted

The spectacled bear, South America's only bear species, is heavily threatened mainly due to habitat loss. So, we are delighted the camera traps have managed to snap this elusive bear eating his favourite plant – tasty achupalla– which grows where a road used to be, making it the perfect place to spot a hungry bear.

Project Partners

We work with the following partners on this project:

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