San Martín

San Martín

Alto Mayo Protection Forest

San Martín is a privileged region with a vast diversity of life and landscapes. From hill forests dominated by large ficus and palms, to high sclerophyllous and cloudy forests covered by bromeliads and orchids, the forests of San Martin are full of life including native communities. A large part of these resources is found in the basin of the Alto Mayo river, an important river that feeds the Amazon river. This important area of ​​life is protected in the Alto Mayo Protection Forest, belonging to the Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (SERNANP).

The Alto Mayo Protected Forest (BPAM) covers an area of ​​more than 180,000 Ha and harbor important species such as the spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus), the yellow-tailed woolly monkey (Oreonax flavicauda), the Peruvian slipper orchid (Phragmipedium kovachii), the puma (Puma concolor), the San Martin Titi Monkey (Plecturocebus oenanthe), the Night Monkey (Aotus miconax) and the Royal Sunangel (Heliangelus regalis). Both in the BPAM and in its buffer zone, ECOAN develops support activities in the management framework between SERNANP and Conservation International (CI).

Strengthening communities

As local partners of CI and SERNANP, ECOAN directs conservation strategies with the resident communities of the BPAM and its buffer zone. Our activities focus on the development and implementation of conservation agreements and the development of economic activities for the responsible use of natural resources. These activities include advising shade-grown coffee, native cacao and forest pitahaya, these varieties do not require the destruction of the canopy for their production and allow the recovery of vegetation cover. The use of the natural resources of the BPAM is reinforced by the development of ecotourism and pilot activities such as orchids and meliponiculture. Likewise, ECOAN develops training workshops and supports native communities of the Awajun ethnic group in the rescue and revalorization of ancestral crops and medicinal plants.