Conservation In The Manu Cloudforest and Rainforest in Peru

Systematic deforestation has become one of the biggest threats to the Amazonian rain forest. Illegal lumbering, crash and burn farming and other non-sustainable uses of the land are slowly changing the rainforest landscape. Already thousands of hectares have been lost in the cultural zone, and thousands more in the parks nucleus.

Deforestation also causes CO2 gas originally trapped by trees to be released back into the atmosphere. Needless to say, ecosystems in and around deforested areas will be changed forever.

Volunteer Program

We are now able to offer volunteers the opportunity to spend time in conservation projects toward the end of their stay. These projects run for one week or more, giving you a full week in the rainforest and a chance to become involved in a range of work. On arrival, volunteers will be given a full introduction to the projects and local area and will spend the week working on the same schedule as regular and more experienced volunteers. Projects currently include wildlife observation from our viewing platform high in the jungle canopy, night observation walks along the extense trail network, plus work on future projects Volunteers are provided with accommodation and meals per day.


Reforestation Program

This project manages and protects hectares of the forest. The program has already reforested hundreds of hectares of dry tropical forest. Help is needed to record data on tree growth and mortality in selected parcels, which will help determine future reforestation efforts, including species composition, as well as research information in local libraries on certain tree species to use in future education programs. The project has also set up an integrated organic farm in the reserve buffer zone to provide alternative food practices. This project provides the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution towards the protection of the tropical forest.

 

Volunteer in our “Plant for the Planet” program and become part of a real group of people trying to help take care of our resources. If you would like to volunteer at any of our lodges, please contact us.

 

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# PLANTS SCIENTIFIC NAME FAMILY
1 AGUANO Switenia macrophylla MELIACEAE
2 CASTAÑUELA Terminalia dichotoma COMBRETACEAE
3 CEDRO DE INDIA Cedrela sp. MELIACEAE
4 MATAPALO Ficus americana MORACEAE
5 AZUCAR HUAYO Hymenaea courbaril FABACEAE
6 LUCUMA Pouteria lucuma SAPOTACEAE
7 PACA PACAY Inga sp. FABACEAE
8 PIJIAYO Bactris gasipaes ARECACEAE
9 TAHUARI Tabebuia chrysanta BIGNONIACEAE
10 ANA CASPI Apuleia leiocarpa FABACEAE
11 CAOBILLA Switenia sp. MELIACEAE
12 PASHACO BLANCO Macrolobium sp. FABACEAE
13 PASHACO ROJO Macrolobium acaciaefolium FABACEAE
14 MANDARINA Citrus reticulata RUTACEAE

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