Kew's projects in Peru

Kew is working with local partners to help restore degraded areas and conserve native vegetation.

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01 Mar 2011

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Oliver Whaley interviewing community member at Huarangal

Kew's Oliver Whaley interviewing a community member at Huarangal (Image: William Milliken, RBG Kew)

The Huarango (Prosopis limensis) forests of the south coast of Peru are highly threatened habitats. The majority has been cleared for large-scale agriculture and the few remaining relics are suffering illegal felling and burning for the production of charcoal. The remaining trees are important primary producers, preventing desertification and providing the principal refuge for biodiversity in large areas of hyper-arid desert. They also furnish an extraordinary cornucopia of food, forage and other products, used by local people for thousands of years.

Kew has been working with a range of local partners, including governmental, non-governmental, agro-industrial and community organisations, to help to stem the tide of vegetation loss in the region. Activities have included baseline botanical research, training, establishment of new protected areas, experimental habitat restoration, schools and public education programmes, and the development of sustainable plant products.

Also in Peru, Kew has been providing long-standing input into the documentation of the country’s trees and their uses, through the research of Dr Terry Pennington.

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