Forest protection in Cordillera, Peru

Protect the rainforest of the Cordillera Azul National Park, a jewel of the Amazon basin.

Cordillera Azul National Park Avoided Deforestation (REDD+)

Protecting this stunningly biodiverse region at the intersection of the Andes ranges and the Amazon basin, home to thousands of unique species, indigenous and immigrant communities through conservation-based land use practices and strengthened park protection regimes.  

This project is preserving more than 1.6 million hectares of pristine montane rainforest within the Cordillera Azul National Park, and supporting the 440 communities in its 2.5 million hectare buffer zone through sustainable land use. More than 35 new species have been discovered through this project’s endeavours.

Full details of the project’s design, location and monitoring.

The Cordillera project is not just about reducing carbon. This project provides the following positive impacts:

  • The project will protect this unique biodiversity and restore degraded lands with agroforestry systems (cocoa & coffee) in the buffer zone relied upon by small farmers and local communities for their livelihoods
  • This forest provides food and water for more than 440 communities residing in the buffer zone
  • As a result, it will avoid more than 22.1 million tonnes CO2 emissions through 2021 due to reducing deforestation
  • It is home to around 6,000 plant species, more than 80 large and medium sized mammals, around 180 species of fishes, and over 600 species of birds
  • The Park is the source of at least 45 watersheds that flow to the Huallaga and Ucayali rivers, two of the most important tributaries of Amazonas River.