AGROFORESTRY FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN THE MANU BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Over the years, the Manu Biosphere Reserve has borne the brunt of human activity, particularly deforestation and the degradation of primary forests. These challenges have arisen due to the growing needs of the migrating population in the region, leading to the clearing of forests for agriculture and livestock activities. In response to this reality, agroforestry emerges as a solution that balances conservation with local development by allowing tree growth in previously degraded areas.
Our focus is on providing support and technical assistance to families in communities such as Villa Salvación, Águanos, Mansilla, Gamitana, among others, promoting sustainable crops through agroforestry practices. This approach aims not only to generate short-term family income with crops like bananas but also to encourage the sustainable production of wood in the medium and long term. Currently, we have established 11 agroforestry plots, covering a total of 55 protected hectares. This commitment actively contributes to environmental preservation while fostering sustainable economic development in harmony with the reserve’s biodiversity.
BIOGARDEN FOR THE WELL-BEING OF FAMILIES IN THE MANU BIOSPHERE RESERVE
Biohuertos, small plots within households, educational institutions, and other locations, have emerged as a valuable source of healthy produce for personal consumption. In our empowerment initiative targeted at the women of the Manu Biosphere Reserve, we aim to establish a sustainable and nutritious food source, especially for their children. Biohuertos not only serve as a means to cultivate vegetables but also as an opportunity to improve the overall health of families.
We actively commit to the construction, maintenance, and cultivation of these biohuertos, providing comprehensive support to women and surrounding communities. The strategic placement of biohuertos spans from homes to educational institutions and communal spaces. By focusing on this alternative production method, we seek not only to nourish families but also to strengthen autonomy and food security. Through this collective effort, we hope to cultivate a positive change in the health and well-being of the communities in the Manu Biosphere Reserve.