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Project of the Week: Peru Amazon Rainforest Conservation

9 May 2016 14:05 PM
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Image courtesy of the Peru Amazon Rainforest Conservation project

Edited with permission by Frontier


Based in the Peruvian Amazon, this project is spearheading the conservation of a unique region of the rainforest. The Amazon Rainforest is facing deforestation at an increasing rate, and if this trend continues then it could be destroyed by the end of this century. The Amazon Rainforest holds more than half of the world’s 10 million species of plants, animals and insects, and one fifth of the world’s fresh water. Studies have discovered that we are losing on average 137 species every day due to deforestation and so this project is essential in working in partnership with international universities to carry out research and provide volunteer support.

 

The volunteer support is to help with the capacity building of the local rainforest community, and promotes a model for sustainability that will ultimately help other communities throughout south and Central America to protect the rainforest. The Peru Amazon Rainforest Conservation project gives volunteers the opportunity to really help counteract the effects of deforestation by working with local people and researchers from the heart of the rainforest. Volunteers will stay in a fabulous eco-lodge while assisting in hands on conservation work (taking part in biological surveying, conservation research, jungle expeditions, and rainforest surveys), creating amazing memories and unforgettable experiences.




Image courtesy of the Peru Amazon Rainforest Conservation project


The aim of the project is to promote conservation and sustainable practices within the rainforest with the help of the international volunteers. The volunteers help is invaluable do to the hands on support that the project needs to gather the data that will help create and develop a management plan that includes both the needs of the local community and the using of the rainforest in a sustainable manner. In this way, local economy can grow and provide communities with business, but in a way that is positive to the natural resources that surround them.

 

Volunteers assist the research staff on the project in all sorts of ways; this could range from carrying out many practical tasks and surveys, to taking part in community work helping to educate local people in sustainable farming. This will really start the conservation efforts at grassroots level through education, by working with the local schools to educate local children on the benefits of sustainable living and ecotourism. While the practical tasks involve camera trap checks, biomass projects, butterfly trapping, tree phenology, agroforestry projects and night transects. After work there is plenty of time to see the local sights and relax with movie nights, games, playing sports, and swimming.




Image courtesy of the Peru Amazon Rainforest Conservation project


By volunteering on this particular project, it will mean complete immersion in the rainforest, as volunteers work at the heart of the Amazon and work with the people of the Amazon. One of the aims of this is to be able to really have an effect on the rainforest and its protection, but to also allow volunteers to gain a deeper understanding of conservation, climate change and poverty. The project ultimately seeks to change the way volunteers think about the world and the practices that take place within it, and hopefully inspire a long term passion for the protection of the rainforest.

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