With more than 68 million hectares of forests, Peru has one of the five largest, most diverse and best preserved tropical forest areas in the world. It is also estimated to be one of the world’s four largest tropical forest carbon stores.
These forests are in DANGER. Look at the situation in the Peruvian Amazon:
In Peru, around 50% of total GHG emissions -or 71 million tons of CO2 per year- are generated by changes in land use, mainly through the conversion of amazon forest to subsistence agricultural practices at a rate of around 110,000 ha/year.
So, how do we reduce emissions from deforestation, while at the same time provide the necessary food to a growing population, AND preserve the forests and the ecosystem services they provide, AND create jobs and new economic opportunities in sustainable agriculture and forestry?
The GOOD NEWS is that the Government of Peru, Norway, Germany and the IDB have COME UP WITH PART OF THE SOLUTION:
Peru is taking action to reduce its forest related emissions and to make its forest and agriculture sector carbon neutral by 2021, while recognizing millions of hectares of indigenous peoples’ land claims.
While this is a huge step towards a new development model of protecting the natural capital of Peru while shaping a more robust economy, much more needs to be done to have an inclusive and fair process to involve native communities, to involve the private sector and to maintain political will on the basis of this great milestone for Peruvian forests.
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