Technological Innovation, Environmental Services and Training in Development of Forest Plantations in Degraded Lands of the Peruvian Amazon – IICA / Embassy of Finland / Backus
This project of forest technological innovation, based in the Ucayali region, is being developed in strategic alliance with the Backus Foundation and local brewery Cervecería San Juan S.A. as part of the Program for Sustainable Forest Management in the Andean Region (Programa MFS). Since its inception in September 2012, the project has implemented several forest cultivating technologies to generate human capital employed in the recovery of degraded lands of the Peruvian Amazon and will establish payment mechanisms for ecosystem services (PES).
With an approach based on business competitiveness -design and application of production processes in forestry engineering- and consolidation of the skills and expertise of young foresters, the implementation of this innovative project will increase by 60% the average growth rate of trees cultivated in degraded lands with conventional technologies, while directly benefiting 100 members of the Native Communities Nuevo San Juan and San Francisco de Yarinacocha, 200 agroforestry producers and 200 regional professionals and technicians.
Furthermore, the project has proven to be innovative for other major reasons: imparting gender equity among forest stakeholders, generating more income for growers by increasing the quality and improving production standards in their estates, and providing them with a highly-effective teaching method that employs exclusively on-site training.
The Program for Sustainable Forest Management in the Andean Region is funded by the Finnish government and implemented by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA).