The communities of Juan Velasco Alvarado and Jajahuana are located in the buffer zone of Manu National Park, which sits northeast of Cusco, Peru in the district of Challabamba. The area hosts a diverse variety of specialized ecosystems, including high altimontane pluvial yungas, Andean scrublands, and Puna Húmeda scrublands. This project focuses on restoration of the degraded high Andean forest landscapes in the Challabamba region between altitudes of 2,500m to 4,000m (8,202ft to 13,123ft).
There are two nurseries with a total of 30 different native tree species in production. Direct support is provided to rural communities in capacity building, restoration of degraded areas, recovery of forest ecosystem services, and maintenance of communal irrigation systems for the development of agricultural and livestock activities. Long-term project goals include:
Native Trees Planted: 77,292
Hectares Restored: 35
Nurseries Built & Maintained: 3
Communities Involved: 5
2022-2023 Tree Planting Projection: 120,000