The Condor project, an idea to combat deforestation in Peru

The Condor project, an idea to combat deforestation in Peru

Maria-Silvia ROJAS | 2023-09-08

Have you ever heard of the Cajamarca region? Of the ten or so coffee-producing regions in Peru, Cajamarca is in first place.
Today, the region is facing a serious problem. It affects both the ecosystem and the quality of the coffee produced there. The problem is deforestation. And it's happening silently.

Deforestation figures for the Cajamarca region

Between 2001 and 2016, more than 15,000 hectares were deforested in the Cajamarca region. Naturally, this has led to a sharp decline in forest cover and biodiversity in the region. The flora and fauna are no longer the same.

All this is due to deforestation and forest exploitation. The northern provinces of Jaén and San Ignacio are the worst affected, with deforestation rates of 29% and 71% over the 15 years we have just been talking about.

What are the consequences of deforestation?

Cutting off natural resources

Natural areas such as forests and jungles are direct sources of raw materials. We use them for heating, but also for healthcare. Deforestation means cutting off part of these resources.

Altering the water cycle

Forests make soils richer in organic matter and more resistant to erosion. Felling forests affects the water cycle, which moves to other areas of vegetation. This leads to soil degradation.

Loss of biodiversity

The disappearance of vast areas of forest is a direct threat to the life of living beings and their ecosystems. There are more than 7.7 million species on the planet, and more than 20% of them are threatened with extinction as a result of deforestation.

Global warming

This is one of the main consequences of deforestation because without trees, CO2 remains in the atmosphere, creating the notorious greenhouse effect.

The Condor project, an initiative to make a difference

With this in mind, we would like to invite you to discover the Condor project that Belco, in collaboration with the Peruvian cooperative Coopagro, has developed in the hamlet of La Huaca, in the municipality of Huabal, in Jaén, Cajamarca.

We worked with more than 20 associated families.

The main aim of the project is to prevent deforestation of the Peruvian jungle by planting different types of wood trees around their coffee plantations. This will enable producers to benefit from this wood in a few years' time, without having to deforest their plantations.

It's an initiative that helps to alleviate the problem of deforestation in this coffee-growing region on a small scale!

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