Peru Dry Forest Project

Supporting conservation of tropical dry forest of Northern Peru

Protecting the Equatorial Dry forest

Conservation and restoration of dry forests is not just vital for its unique species, but has lasting economic benefits though provision of soil fertility, food, fuel, medicine and water regulation. Unregulated deforestation, industrial agricultural expansion and infrastructure are impacting dry forest but also offer livelihoods to local communities.

This project is part of a wide collaboration across forest communities, traditional and intensive agriculture in order to reconcile dry forest conservation and restoration with sustainable development and climate change adaptation.

Seasonally Dry Forests in the Latin American tropics are now a conservation priority with only around 10% remaining in many countries. Tropical Dry forests are found where the rainfall season is short so many species are unique and specialised

Conservation action is urgently needed to collect seed, protect forest relicts, restore corridors and renew a culture of conservation and education that benefits from its regrowth and biodiversity.

Oliver Whaley

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Environmental education initiatives

  • At the Museo de Túcume the project is teaching propagation and planting of native useful trees.
  • The project uses flagship species to engender government, school and cultural support for conservation and restoration.
  • As well as useful forage and fuel trees we are demonstrating useful livelihood trees for nutrition and medicine. We use a conservation-through-use approach to agrobiodiversity.
  • Supporting seed collection and management.
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Spectacled bear spotted in La Peña reserve

Spectacled Bear On Camtrap La Pena Perydryforest

This adult bear is part of a group of spectacled bears who are restricted only to the dry forests of Peru. The local community works with the Spectacled Bear Conservation (SBC) to help understand the movement of spectacled bears. Spectacled bears depend on many dry forest species for food including the sapote (Capparis scabrida). They also rely on forest springs called ‘jaguay’. The project is mapping and assisting protection of these areas.