By providing essential funding for improved forest management, and through a unique community-based conservation and sustainable farming model involving more than 1,100 families, the project is effectively stemming some of the highest rates of deforestation in Peru’s protected areas. The sixth verification is underway for one of Peru’s first nested projects within Peru’s National REDD+ program. The Alto Mayo project conserves 182,000 hectares of ecologically rich fauna and flora in the Peruvian Andean Amazon.


Type: REDD+, Carbon Reduction
Partner: Conservation International
Region/Country: Peru
Standard: Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community, & Biodiversity Standard (CCB)

8.4 million
metric tons of GHG emissions avoided from entering the atmosphere — equal to removing more than 150,000 cars off the road each year

sustainable jobs have been created through this project along with other financial incentives for locals

people in the Alto Mayo basin have access to water via streams protected by the forest


Improved ecosystem resilience and cut deforestation in the protected area by approximately 60%, avoiding 8.4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.



Sustainable economic and educational opportunities for rural farming families to grow coffee sustainably, resulting in $4 million in revenue earned by protected area coffee cooperative since 2016. 152 families implementing dragon fruit cultivation and nearly 300 families producing stingless honeybees, vanilla, embroidery, and orchids.



Enhanced habitat for more than 400 bird species, 300 orchid species, and the critically endangered yellow-tailed woolly monkey. Peruvian yellow-tailed woolly monkeys are one of the rarest neotropical primate species, found only in the Peruvian Andes. They have thick and long fur which helps them adapt to their cold montane environment. They are threatened by habitat destruction and illegal hunting. 


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