Maria-Silvia ROJAS | 2023-09-08
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is one of the main consequences of deforestation because without trees, CO2 remains in the atmosphere, creating the notorious greenhouse effect.
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!