Cordillera Azul National Park Redd Project

  • Nature conservation
Registered: VCS (V985)

The Cordillera Azul National Park REDD+ Project avoids deforestation in a magnificent expanse of lowland and montane forests in four departments in central Peru: San Martín, Ucayali, Huánuco, and Loreto. The area encompasses 1,351,964 hectares inside the national park. The park, owned by the government of Peru, is managed and financed by the Peruvian NGO Centro de Conservación, Investigación y Manejo de Áreas Naturales (CIMA) through a public-private partnership piloted by the Peruvian government. The project’s avoided-deforestation objective is accomplished by strengthening park protection, engaging local communities and other stakeholders in land-use management compatible with conservation, and improving the quality of life of the park’s neighbors. Approximately 180,000 people in more than 200 communities – immigrant and indigenous – neighbor the park. Villagers close to the park mostly practice subsistence agriculture; those closer to major roads engage in market activities as well. CIMA and its close advisor, The Field Museum in Chicago, have worked with communities since 2002 to ensure that the project activities incorporate and reflect the values and aspirations of local residents. The project activities are highly participatory, with villagers leading several efforts and developing competencies that will enable long-term success.The biodiversity in the project area is astounding. Intact forests stretch from lowlands (150 meters) to ragged mountain peaks (2,400 meters). This eastern outlier of the Andes has been isolated sufficiently long for speciation to occur: more than 35 species new to science have been discovered in the park to date. The forests harbor rare and endangered species, as well as abundant populations of animals and plants that are crucial to the well-being of park neighbors.

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Year Type Quantity
2023 Issuance 11,371,671
2023 Retirement 744,709
2022 Issuance 0
2022 Retirement 2,594,413
2021 Issuance 8,575,725
2021 Retirement 5,370,453
2020 Issuance 413,416
2020 Retirement 1,435,489
2019 Issuance 14,555,725
2019 Retirement 471,072
2018 Issuance 1,639,583
2018 Retirement 296,326
2017 Issuance 15,000
2017 Retirement 10,994
2016 Issuance 0
2016 Retirement 5,868
2015 Issuance 40,646
2015 Retirement 31,251
2014 Issuance 276
2014 Retirement 276
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