Community-based conservation in the Santa Rosa Native Community
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Community-based conservation in the Santa Rosa Native Community

The Goal:   This project will facilitate long-term protection and sustainable management of local natural resources in the Santa Rosa Native Community. We are jointly creating long-term plans with several partners on the ground to protect their territory from extraction and deforestation. Deep in the Peruvian Amazon, only 20 miles from the border with the Brazilian state of Acre, the Amahuaca indigenous community of Santa Rosa owns 49,421 acres (20,000 hectares) of rainforest. This region is home to five different indigenous peoples and supports immense biodiversity. Despite its remote location, this area of the Amazon is threatened by the expansion of extractive industries, deforestation, and pressure from indigenous migrants from Brazil fleeing persecution and violence by illegal miners and loggers. These external pressures led the Amahuaca people of Santa Rosa to seek support from Rainforest Partnership.

How does this project achieve our goal?

The project includes legally establishing a private protected area (ACP) owned by the Santa Rosa community, conducting biological and social research, and supporting environmental education programs.

By strengthening environmental awareness, management and conservation tools, and community resources, the project will support not only establishment of the ACP, but the long term and effective management and monitoring of the private protected area. This makes for tangible and durable protection of standing forests and conservation of critical biodiversity.

How it works

Who we work with

We are supporting our partners on the ground to conduct social and biological assessments that strengthen policies and management plans for the forest in this region. This includes socio-economic surveys, surveys on people’s perceptions and relationships to the natural world, interviews on world view and legends of the Amahuaca people, assessments to document the state of hunted fauna, and peoples’ visions for their lands and communities over the next 5 years.

The project also includes building education materials in the indigenous language of the Amahuaca people. Having educational materials in their own language is crucial to empowering the community to lead conservation in the long-term, far beyond the time frame of this project.


  • Biological and social research to inform policies and management plans
  • Environmental education materials and publications in the Amahuaca language (the first ever publication in this language which was formally recognized in 2017)
  • Establishment of a private protected area owned by the Santa Rosa community

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