To recover degraded and deforested areas of Sandia (Puno) in the southern Amazon of Peru (Madidi Tambopata Landscape), in order to reduce disaster risks, conserve water sources, mitigate climate change, and contribute to the recovery of emblematic native species of Yungas ecosystems, such as Quina, Cedro, Tornillo and Podocarpus.
The key driver of deforestation and forest degradation in the area is agricultural expansion. Unsustainable farming practices degrade the soil, and people must move into new areas. This has caused many areas to be abandoned. Over the past two years, WCS has been working with local governments to identify forest species for Yungas restoration and recovery, and identify and prioritize deforested or degraded forest areas for restoration. We have been working with the municipal forest nursery for Yungas reforestation, which is now producing seedlings with which we can repair the forest and abandoned areas.
Restoration strategies could include both reforestation of cleared areas and enrichment planting in degraded forest. Restoration work is carried out in collaboration with local authorities, following an assessment of priority areas for ecological and environmental service values. Re-planting and re-growing forest improves the protection of water sources as permitting the recovery of endangered wildlife, such as the spectacled bear, Andean cock-of-the-rock, jaguar, Andean condor, and brown and grey woolly monkeys.
The long-term aim is to reforest 6600 hectares. This goal will be carefully planned through coordination with local communities and local governments to ensure maximum success and sustainability.