Our Nii Kaniti project in Peru focuses on protecting rainforest and avoiding deforestation on community land through scaling up sustainable community forest management. It integrates conservation activities that put a value on indigenous-led development with FSC certified timber extraction and cacao agroforestry.

The project is located in Ucayali, a region in the central part of Eastern Peru, on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest. By protecting 119,837 hectares of critical rainforest ecosystem, the project will reduce global emissions by 2.7 million tonnes of CO2 by 2021. The project area is comprised of community land from seven indigenous communities located around the Ucayali River. Native communities are the second largest managers of forest land in Peru, therefore are key actors and critical to successful forest, biodiversity, culture and climate protection at the world scale. The project addresses the local, economic drivers of deforestation and forest degradation by supporting the development of socially inclusive businesses.
The Nii Kaniti project is made possible in part through a partnership called the ‘Forest Alliance Initiative: Managing Community Forests for Inclusive Sustainable Businesses in an Indigenous Economy’ between AIDER (our implementing partner on the ground), Mirova Natural Capital (our founders and initial investors in the project) and the USAID.

Measurable impacts

We track impact areas across all of our projects, and this project also produces sustainable commodities. Here are the targets until 2024 for Nii Kaniti:


2.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided until 2021


119,837 hectares of threatened forest protected


3 threatened species protected, the jaguar, the blue-headed macaw and the tapir


Run workshops with the aim to train thousands of community members.


Positively impact thousands of families and women, improving their livelihood and generating an income


Improvement of community forest management and support for local enterprises that protect the forest rather than degrade it, including two women’s projects which use forest resources in producing crafts from forest resources


Climate finance provides investments into local communities


FSC certified timber – the first indigenous FSC programme in Peru

Sustainable Development Goals

Nii Kaniti helps to achieve a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals:

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