Our goal: This project will strengthen community capacities to develop sustainable economic activities like native beekeeping and ecotourism. Corosha, a campesino community in the Peruvian tropical Andes, protects 5,638 acres of cloudforest that is a refuge for many rare and highly threatened species such as orchids, ferns, puma, yellow-tailed woolly monkeys, and more. Rising population pressure has threatened Corosha's forests and lands, making the success of sustainable economic options particularly important.
The campesino community of Corosha was looking to diversify their economy and support ecosystem processes where native bees have a key role. Ecotourism is a sustainable economic option for local people and their families. Conservation technologies like GPS are used to monitor, record, and manage local biodiversity.
We work with the Conservation Association Golden Bear of Hierba Buena Allpayacu, a community-led conservation initiative that promotes research, ecotourism and other sustainable sources of income.
We coordinate workshops and training to strengthen their capacities, skills, and tools and support the growth of these sustainable economic activities.
We work to ensure the alignment of the Association with local conservation efforts to protect the forests and biodiversity of the ACP Hierba Buena Allpayacu, Corosha’s community-owned Conservation Area.
By facilitating a beekeeping project that enables community members to sell honey products, native beekeeping will become another sustainable source of income for people in the community.
We also plan to reinvigorate a community center where members can participate in capacity building activities and conservation education.