The title identifies one of the great challenges, but also the biggest opportunities. No experience has been developed in tropical, sustainable rainforest protection! So ACELPA has the task of developing strategies of protection.
Permaculture and biodynamic agriculture set the direction for ACELPA. Both sciences complement each other wonderfully ‒ permaculture is a concept that aims at the creation of permanently functioning sustainable and natural cycles and provides meaningful life forms and management ‒ biodynamic agriculture has the knowledge, means and measures to maintain the liveliness of the soil.
Over the years, various measures have proven useful in protecting the forest. The ultimate goal is that the country of Peru recognizes the nature reserves and takes the forest under its active protection.
In particular, to purchase land that is titled and registered, so-called titled land.
With the help of the “Sociedad para el Ecodesarollo del Ambiente” (SPDA), possibilities are being developed to protect the purchased area. The aim is to register the land as a private nature conservation area in the land register. For this the following measures are necessary:
- Marking and surveying of the area to be protected
- Inventory of flora and fauna
- Completeness of the documents, including the “memoria descriptiva“, a complete documentation of the history of the property.
- Applications for the conservation zone in the regional and national government
- Strategically sensible purchases
- Inspections and maintenance of borderlines
- Cooperation with other conservation areas in Peru
- Afforestation in the event of storm damage and Purma, ie areas where secondary forestation already exists, with particularly valuable, endangered plants
- Exploring the living conditions of the species
Another consequence of deforestation is storm damage. The wind is not held in check by a closed forested area, but strikes deep into the forest. It needs to be reforested in time to stop major damage.