We are implementing sustainable projects at our
center which is located in Oxapampa, Peru. It is surrounded by
12.5 ha of rain forest, two streams, riparian forest, a reforested
area, and cultivation areas with local fruit crops and shaded
Our center is located in the buffer zone of the
Yanachaga Chemillen National Park, which covers approximately
120.000 ha. Since 2010 the province of Oxapampa contains the Biosphere
Reserve Oxapampa, Ashaninka, Yanesha.
In the center, we will provide training for local
communities, students and interested people and demostrate various
sustainable activities that can be easily replicated.
For the past 50 years, lumber production, in response
to expanding national demand, has been centered in Oxapampa and
its eight districts. This has provoked massive deforestation,
as well as put pressure on the remaining forests, especially in
areas with water basins. A large part of the buffer zone is used
for granadilla (local variation of passion fruit) and rocoto (hot
pepper used in many Peruvian dishes) cultivation, where agrochemicals
and pesticides are applied without regulation.
Fire is used to reduce manual labor, burning
parts of the forest to advance the agricultural border. As a result,
forest fires are very common in the buffer zone and this endangers
the protected areas of the forest (more than 300 ha were burned
in 2010 alone).
The reduction of forest biomass is greatly diminishing
the populations of native fauna, like the oso de anteojos
(Spectacled Bear -Tremarctos ornatus) and the venado
colorado (Red Brocket deer - Mazama americana). Losses
of forest biomass, and the resulting species and ecological interactions,
poses serious threats to the biodiversity and water resources
in the area.
Our center intends to confront these threats,
generating processes of sustainable resource management to ensure
the conservation of the cloud forest, and the environmental services
and biodiversity it harbors. By living and producing food sustainably
at our center, as well as spreading the word through demonstrations
and workshops, we hope to serve as a model to show that things
can be done in a better way.
- Reduce forest fires in the area by spreading
awareness of alternative agricultural practices
- Promote sustainable living and thinking by providing a
model which others can replicate
- Establish a baseline to evaluate forest and water quality
and continue to monitor changing conditions through data collected
- Produce organic, native crops to create a market for these
products and encourage local farmers to do the same
- Link the gap between economically viable and environmentally
conscious practices through example
- Join forces with the next generation of global leaders
in the field of ecologically sustainable human progress.
Our pilot Projects
Greenhouse and plants for the crops and the
Shade Coffee plantation
The pilot projects organized in the center will
serve as examples for the local community and the center will
provide assistance to spread these practices.
Projects for students/volunteers
Project 1. The Chacra and compost area:
Work with shade-grown coffee and native fruits in our organic
chacra. Learn how to produce compost and apply organic fertilizer
and maintain the crops to ensure a successful harvest.
Project 2. The Huerta, Compost tea, Greenhouse:
Work in our organic garden, maintaining the vegetables and herbs.
Learn how to produce and maintain a compost tea system that can
sustain the land's fertilization needs as well as minimize trash
generation. Work in the greenhouse, preparing the seeds for transplantation
in the garden, as well as selecting new seeds for cultivation.
Project 3. Water Collection and treatment and Irrigation Design:
Work on the designing of a collecting rainwater system and om
the designing and construction of a waste water system for the
showers by creating an artificial wetland on the property. Work
on improving the irrigation of the garden and on the creation
of systems to maximize efficient water use.
Project 4. Trail Maintenance, education and environmental interpretation:
Work on maintaining the trails on the property, planning and
constructing new ones. Design signs and label important flora
and fauna that can be seen from the trail.
Project 5. Monitoring using various bio-indicators:
Learn from the experts how to collect data and monitor water
quality and forest quality using bio-indicators like macroinvertebrates,
insects, lichens, plants and others.
Project 6. Exotic and invasive species management:
Control and eradication of invasive plant species in the rainforest,
such as invasive bamboo. Learn different techniques to control
and manage invasive species.
Project 7. In vitro native plant culture:
We are implementing an in vitro laboratory for native
trees, orchids and other species of interest. You can learn how
to propagate plants in vitro conditions.
Project 8. Reforestation project:
Assist in the preparation of tree seedlings for reforestation
of riparian areas. Participate in reforestation of native trees
on the property, such as the ulcumano - Podocarpus spp.
This can include working on orchid and other epiphytes' rescue.
Project 9. Sustainable energy sources:
Design and/or construct sustainable energy systems including
biogas, a composting hot shower, small scale hydroelectric and
solar panels in the future.
Project 10. Native bees (stingless bees) conservation:
We are Implementing the Research
Center of Permameliponiculture (Melipona permaculture). Promote
the conservation and sustainable development of both native bees
-Monitoring of stream water quality using macroinvertebrates
-Inventory of plants (ferns, palms, orchids, and other groups)
-Inventory of insects (moths, buterflies, ants, and others)
Current Facilities at the Center
Currently we can offer an elevated tent platform
We have implemented dry toilets for the visitors and hot showers.
We have a generator for electricity from 6 to 10 PM.
We have potable water for drinking and water 24 hs a day.
We have a place for presentacions and talks with/without a slideshow.
We offer the food service with 3 meals per day. All food is local
and free of pesticides. Specific requirements are possible to
View of Oxapampa from the property
Several views of the property
Ecosystems and environments you will see on
your way to Oxapampa
Mountain range and high Lands
Highland at the Amazon Basin
Getting closer to the rainforest
Waterfall and Rainforest at Oxapampa