Our Cordillera Azul National Park project is in Peru’s high forest between the Andes and the Amazon Basin. Its stunning mountains, sparkling blue lagoons, rich biodiversity, and multicultural population have rightly earned this area the name the ‘jewel of the Peruvian Amazon’.

This project is working in a huge landscape of 3.7 million hectares (nearly the size of the Netherlands) to protect 1.5 million hectares of threatened forest. The Cordillera Azul project focuses on establishing sustainable livelihoods through technical assistance and support for transitioning land use to agroforestry systems for sustainable cocoa and coffee production. In addition, a wide community-driven programme is helping tens of thousands of local people gain access to basic services such as sanitation, health care and education.

Conservation and protection activities inside the forest include biological monitoring and scientific research, as well as surveillance and control of illegal human behaviours.

This project is implemented on the ground by the Peruvian NGO, CIMA.

Measurable impacts

We track seven impact areas across all of our projects, and each project also produces sustainable commodities. Below are the targets for 2021 for Cordillera Azul.

CLIMATE

22.1 million tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided

ECOSYSTEMS

1.5 million hectares of threatened forest protected

SPECIES

28 High Conservation Value species, including Spectacled Bear, Jaguar and Harpy Eagle

LIVELIHOOD

716 jobs created or supported

INCLUSIVITY

30% of jobs held by women

SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE

24 sustainable businesses supported, such as a women’s textile group using dyes from the forest to make bags & shirts using traditional techniques & patterns

FAIR ECONOMIC RETURN

€1,281,857.00 contributed to local economy

SUSTAINABLE COMMODITIES

Fairtrade & Organic fine, aromatic cocoa and coffee; honey

Sustainable Development Goals

Cordillera Azul helps to achieve a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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