Protection of rainforest in Peru
In September 2019 the Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftung donated the amount of 30.000 euros which enabled the acquisition of 100 ha woodland space in the Peruvian rainforest. Therewith local organisation ACELPA – in cooperation with GLS Zukunftsstiftung Entwicklung, Rettet den Regenwald e.V. and Daniel Schlegel Umweltstiftung – managed to take in possession 500 ha rainforest and declared it as conservation area.
In 2014 Francisco Tananta founded the organisation ACELPA in order to protect the rainforest in his home town Moteloy, close to the place Tamshiyacu next to the Amazonas river, from illegal clearing. A huge cocoa group had already destroyed 2.000 ha of woodland space even though this actually is prohibited by the national Department of Agriculture (above picture shows cacao plantations in the area of Tamshiyacu). Goal of Tanantas initiative is strategic land acquisition and thereby prevent his powerful opponent from extended clearing and blocking them from direct access to the Amazonas. Furthermore ACELPA is increasing political pressure through public presence and cooperations with organisations in Peru’s capital Lima. Since their start in 2014 ACELPA already managed to acquire and protect 400 ha rainforest whereby the cost per hectare – depending on the property – is at around 300 euros (including notary and registration). Simultaneously the group around ACELPA is trained in biodynamic agriculture, what brings save income for local farmers and spares the sensitive mould on top. In so called model farms they additionally teach this procedure to other locals and thereby ensure spacious sustainability in the region.
Acquiring and protection of rainforest and lessons in biodynamic agriculture secure rare tree species as well as flora and fauna in Amazonia.