Apurímac: Presentation of the Bird Guide of the National Sanctuary of Ampay

On 29th March, the official presentation of the Bird Guide of the National Sanctuary of Ampay was carried out in the city of Abancay. The publication shows the ornithological diversity of this protected natural area and seeks to make the study of birds relevant in a context of climate change.

The event was attended by the head of Ampay National Sanctuary (SNA for its acronym in Spanish), Amílcar Osorio Marcés, who welcomed about 200 people who gathered in the Auditorium of the Regional Government of Apurímac.


First meeting for restoration and rehabilitation of landscapes in Apurímac, Peru

From 7th to 10th March 7, the first coordination meeting of the technical team that was in charge of initiating the process of restoration and rehabilitation of landscapes in Apurímac, Peru, was held.

The technical team consisted of Héctor Cisneros, Program Coordinator of FAO Peru; Leoncio Ugarte Guerra, Director of Studies and Research of SERFOR; Francisco Medina, Regional Manager of Natural Resources of GORE Apurímac and Roberto Kometter, Advisor for Forest Practices Validation of the Andes Forest Program.


Andean Forests and Probide join forces to organize the BioStartUp 2G



The Andean Forests Program and the Pro-Welfare and Development Association (Probide for its acronym in Spanish) signed today a cooperation agreement with the objective of joining efforts for the organization of the BioStartUp – 2G, with the theme “Giving Value to the Andean Forests” which will be launched in April 2017.

The BioStartUp is an initiative of USIL Ventures and partners that seeks to promote innovative ventures with a high socio-environmental impact through the incubation of sustainable businesses based on the biodiversity of Peru.


Specialists from Latin America and the Caribbean participated in the course on recovery of degraded areas and forest management in Chile

Specialists from Latin American and Caribbean countries participated in the IV International Course on Forest Management and Recovery of Degraded Vegetation Resources, held from 21st to 25th November in Chile which was organized by the National Forestry Corporation of Chile (CONAF), the Chilean Agency or International Development Cooperation (AGCID), and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) with the support of the Andean Forests Program.

The course was carried out within the framework of the National Strategy for Climate Change and Vegetation Resources (ENCCRV) and aimed to strengthen technical capacities related to the issues of forest management and recovery of degraded vegetation resources,


MEF presents capacity building experience for public investment in ecosystem services and climate risk management

Responding to the problems and new challenges posed by climate change to regional development, the General Directorate of Public Investment of the Ministry of Economy and Finance with the support of the Climate Change Adaptation Plan PACC Peru, the Andean Forests Program and Cesal, between July 2015 and May 2016, developed the Specialization Course “Identification, formulation and evaluation of public investment projects, incorporating risk management in a context of climate change” in the Cusco and Apurimac regions,

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The process of Forest Zoning begins in the Apurimac Region

On 21st and 22nd September, a coordination meeting was held with the technical team made up of officials from the headquarters of SERFOR and the Technical Forestry and Wildlife Administration (ATFFS for its acronym in Spanish) Apurímac, where advice and support was provided to the Regional Government of Apurimac to start the process of Forest Zoning.

Accordingly, on 27th October, 2016, a team of professionals from the Regional Government of Apurímac, ATFFS-Apurímac and the Team of Fragile Ecosystems of the Inventory and Valuation Department of SERFOR,

©Verónica Gálmez
©Verónica Gálmez

Mountain forests of Latin America, Africa and Asia make their case in the climate agenda

El Programa de Bosques Andinos junto a la Red Social Forestal de ASEAN, el Foro Forestal de África y el Programa Global de Cambio Climático de la Agencia Suiza para el Desarrollo y la Cooperación (COSUDE) organizaron ayer 8 de Diciembre la sesión conjunta “Paisajes Forestales de Montaña para Sociedades Resilientes”.
El evento se desarrolló en el Pabellón Perú de la COP21 en París y contó con la participación de representantes de iniciativas en bosques de Asia,

©Antonio Escalante
©Antonio Escalante

The role of communities towards the conservation of the Andean forests

Lima, September 8th, 2015.-

Andean forests are primarily natural woodlands with rich and bio-diverse ecosystems, which contain endemic species. These forests help protecting watersheds, reduce soil erosion, prevent landslides and buffer weather events.

The total area of Andean forests in the region has been estimated to be more than 31 million hectares, covering about 11% of the total forest area in the region. In addition, an estimated 40 million people depend directly on environmental services provided by the Andean forests.

©Antonio Escalante
©Antonio Escalante

How much science is needed to evaluate the effectiveness of compensation schemes for ecosystem services?

Los Mecanismos de Retribución por Servicios Ecosistémicos (RSE) permiten apalancar incentivos económicos y sociales para moldear la manera en que la gente influye en los procesos naturales para alcanzar metas de conservación y sostenibilidad. Bajo estos esquemas, los beneficiarios de los servicios o bienes de determinado ecosistema deben compensar a sus dueños en función a la provisión de estos servicios con la finalidad de asegurar la permanencia de los beneficios generados por estos ecosistemas.


Las actividades de monitoreo son necesarias para asegurar y evaluar la efectividad y eficacia de los esquemas de retribución por servicios ecosistémicos.

©Antonio Escalante
©Antonio Escalante

How much is it known on the importance of Andean forests in securing water and soil to cope with climate risks?

Lima, November 06, 2014.

Andean mountain forests are commonly seen as “the little brother” of the large areas of the Amazon forests. However, they represent 11% of the total forest area shared by the seven Andean countries. Forty million people (21% of the total population of the Andean countries) depend on them for water and other ecosystem services they provide.

In this opinion article, Bernita Doornbos, Thematic Adviser to the Andean Forests Programme,