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 127,000 hectares of critical rainforest ecosystem, the project will reduce global emissions by 3.4 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.

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:

CLIMATE

3.4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided until 2021

ECOSYSTEMS

127,000 hectares of threatened forest protected

SPECIES

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

LIVELIHOOD

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

INCLUSIVITY

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

SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE

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

FAIR ECONOMIC RETURN

Climate finance provides investments into local communities

SUSTAINABLE COMMODITIES

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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