Forest Hero: The Midwife of Merang

Meet Yessy Lehan. Since she started working as a midwife in Kepayang, a small town close to the Sumatra Merang Peatland Project, our partner project in Indonesia, she has confronted and surmounted enormous challenges. Yessy is a true health hero and project staff interviewed her recently to learn a bit more about her story. Yessy’s…

Webinar: community forest management in the Peruvian Amazon

Over 400,000 indigenous people live in the Peruvian Amazon, many of whom live in vulnerable conditions due to a combination of extractive industries, ecosystem degradation, and a lack of indigenous-owned businesses. The Forest Alliance, an initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mirova Natural Capital and AIDER, supports the sustainable development of…

Forest Alliance: Promoting a sustainable development model for the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon of Peru

The Forest Alliance is an initiative that seeks to improve the quality of life of 350 families of the Shipibo Conibo and Cacataibo Indigenous Peoples in Ucayali, as well as the conservation of Amazon forests and their biodiversity. The Forest Alliance is a component of our Nii Kaniti project. Ecosphere+ is proud to represent the…

Nii Biri: ‘Wonders of the forest’ social enterprise supporting indigenous communities in Peru

Our Nii Kaniti project in Peru is protecting the threatened forest of seven indigenous communities through working to develop more sustainable livelihoods and improved ways of using forest resources. This takes many forms: growing cacao in sustainable agroforestry systems, FSC sustainable timber production, and native crafts such as traditional Shipibo Conibo embroidery inspired in forests.…

No environmental justice, without social justice

At Ecosphere+, our values underlie everything we do. We promote a model of environmental conservation focused on inclusivity and equality by supporting marginalized communities in tropical regions around the world. As a proudly certified BCorp, we join an alliance that believes positive action from business can help to tackle our largest global challenges. “By harnessing…

Can you spot the Peruvian Jaguar?

Can you spot the Peruvian Jaguar? What’s black and orange, covered in spots and incredibly hard to see? A Jaguar. In Peru, which is home to many of the world’s Jaguars, this large cat goes by the name “otorongo”, or beast. And rightly so – the jaguar is the most powerful predator in the Americas.…