Community Engagement and Environmental Education

Conservation in a crowded world frequently requires working closely with local communities, many of which control large areas of land

An environmental education session with Primary school children in a rural community in Madre de Dios (Photo: Jeroen ten Haaf)
An environmental education session with Primary school children in a rural community in Madre de Dios (Photo: Jeroen ten Haaf)
An environmental education session with Primary school children in a rural community in Madre de Dios (Photo: Jeroen ten Haaf)

This initiative is all about positive engagement with urban and rural communities in SE Peru, bringing people and nature closer together, helping families appreciate the value of their community forests, inspiring teachers to inspire their students with inspiring wildlife-rich educational opportunities, and encouraging the younger generation to think and act more sustainably. 

Our objectives here are to maintain open-door policies towards local people from urban and rural areas enabling them to explain to us the environmental and economic problems they face and to express their ideas for solving them and what kind of assistance they may require to this end. Common themes that we work closely with communities on, as a result of this process, is environmental education programs in primary and secondary schools; planning assistance with respect to community-based ecotourism projects and non-timber forest product development; finding appropriate donors for community-led projects; and general accompaniment for communities who are transitioning to more sustainable methods of land-use. 

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