Comprehensive Sustainability in the Amazon

Restoring and protecting degraded forests while providing sustainable food security, biodiversity and shelter for families living in the Amazon.

Pedro Antonip Paucarcaja Quispe

Age 31, Perú

PROJECT: Restoring and protecting degraded forests while providing sustainable food security, biodiversity and shelter for families living in the Amazon.

Tell us about the work you are doing to create a wilder world.
“Chacras Comprehensive Sustainable in the Amazon” (CHISA) is a technique that was achieved after 6 years of study, research, observation, and ancestral knowledge of the Amazon communities. The recovery of the forest begins through the planting of trees: lupuna, cedro (cedar), capirona, caoba (mahogany), tornillo, pacae, medicinal plants as, retama chuchuchuasi , oje catagua, chirisango, lecha Caspi and others, such as feeding plants: cocoa , camu camu and aguaje, hungurahuia, Mangua, uvilla, caimito.

Among other things, after a few years these trees will create a healthy ecosystem. The objective of this technique is to recover the forest with trees and plants that will value the dweller in the Amazon once again, and contribute to the conservation of the Amazon. Recovering degraded soils while enriching the primary forest connects the sowing marketing of the product. For example, once you start harvesting the fruits and seeds, the produce will be given a value and its final sale will be as an organic and sustainably produced product of the environment with the respective certifications. This achieves the long-term sustainability goal and encourages more people, communities, public and private entities to replicate this technique in the entire Amazon.

The first phase of the project includes the management in recovery of soil and, 2 years following the recovery of vegetation in the forest, integrating the installation of organic gardening. With this system we can ensure that the Amazon families learn to manage their lands and optimize their resources at an income in 45 days at organic gardening (corn at 4 months, cassava at 6 months, the banana at 9 months, the pineapple at 1.5 years, and 2 years with the cocoa, the medicinal plants, and the fruit trees) generating the short and long term sustainability. This system includes the Amazon settler farmer agreeing to retain a small forest in perpetuity, creating a gene bank in the same place, preserving wildlife, using 1/3 of the sustainability in the Amazon, and applying ancestral knowledge.

With the project we’re creating a balance in the ecosystem and improving the forest cover. By expanding this technique, native trees will serve to capture carbon, providing additional value to the project.

In whole, our project achieves:
-Access to food safety
-Preservation of the Amazon and biodiversity
-Evaluation and encouragement of native farming
-Use of ancestral knowledge

 

What are five (5) of your short term goals to accomplish in the next 1-2 years?
1. Restore sterile-forest land, 20 acres of Sustainable Integrated Farms in the Amazon (enrichment of forest protection).
2. Install 300 m2 of a forest nursery of high technology VFAT to plant native trees.
3. Apply recovery technology of waste land (reforestation protection), agroforestry trees have multiple uses (fruit, oil, energy) (Reforestation of exploitation).
4. Install demonstration plots in three Amazon regions of Peru to teach the technique CHISA.
5. Write and publish a book and videos with the knowledge and technique to apply CHISA native language, Castilian and English.

We judge our success in restoring an ecosystem objectively, which is not lasting because we are effected by the temptations of illegal logging for a short term income. Combine this with the exploitation of the Amazon, which creates income for the local populations by those who exploit the forest and we find we face many challenges.

 

What are five (5) of your long term goals to accomplish in the next 5-10 years?
1. Install 1,000 acres of sustainable Amazon small farms – CHISA.
2. Amazon farmers, with areas protecting to perpetuity, bank of germoplasma in the same place, taking care of wild species.
3. Supply supermarkets with the organic products produced in the CHISA (local, national, international)
4. Use these findings and skills as a tool that the Peruvian state and I could apply to other nations as program of alternative development to cultivate the ground. This project can adapt itself to any ecosystem where the ground is cultivated.
5. Food security to the population of low economic resources, of the forest, coast and mountains.

 

How can others help you accomplish these goals?
The world needs solutions to the climatic change and we are presenting an alternative. We are already doing it and need help in sharing our work in order to preserve our biodiversity.

-Financial support will allow us to hire professionals to teach more Amazon farmers.
-We need assistance in producing manuals, books, and videos to share our story and project (these would allow us to inform more persons about these skills so others can learn and apply it).
-We are in need of a website if anyone is available to help as a web developer.
-Donations (new or second hand that still work) of 3 laptops, 2 multimedia projector, 1 set of sounds speakers, 1 camera (semi professional), 1 video camera (semi professional)
-Volunteers that speak Castilian; students and professionals of sciences of the ground, biology, forest, nature, agriculture, permacultura. Persons who like the nature and want to help us to fulfill our targets.
-Financial support to allow us to create a nursery for native plants and continue reforestation of the area.
-Adopt a tree that will be planted on a plot of land

What have been some successes you have had?
-We have already recovered 20 acres in Loreto, Peru.
-We already have native seeds to share locally.
-We are recovering soils that have been deforested in Amazon native communities.
-We have ensured an area for its conservation, where earlier there was only agriculture and chopping of trees, now there are areas of protected forests for the local farmers.

 

What are some lessons you have learned/what would you have done differently?
Agriculture can also help to preserve the biodiversity, if managed the right way. Often, the knowledge to solve a problem is found by looking locally for the solution to these problems. It is not in remote places, but rather this skill is born from a lot of ancestral knowledge of the native local communities.

I learn and I keep on learning from the local communities – there are solutions there to solve their own problems, and it is just important to be able to apply them in the best way possible.

Finally, I learn from nature. She teaches a lot.


Any words of advice or wisdom? Anything else you want to tell the world?

“The world belongs to the dreamers, but dreamers of a good cause.” This project is the result of the search for a solution to the chopping trees for wood, for coal, cutting of trees for the migratory agriculture, the chopping of the forest. This project, when it began, was looking like a dream 4 years ago, but now has become a reality. We are creating a skill, and are making sustainable Amazon small farms – CHIS. It will be an alternative of solution for the populations who devote themselves to agriculture, and also for the conservation of the biodiversity, banks of germoplasma, areas preserving to perpetuity, alternative for the climatic change.

The world needs solutions to climatic change and we are presenting an alternative. We are already doing it and need help in sharing our work to preserve our biodiversity

We have ensured an area for its conservation, where earlier there was only agriculture and chopping of trees, now there are areas of protected forests for the local farmers.

Often, the knowledge to solve a problem is found by looking locally for the solution to these problems. It is not in remote places, but rather this skill is born from a lot of ancestral knowledge of the native local communities.

I learn from nature. She teaches a lot.