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In more than 20 years of uninterrupted work, Profonanpe has helped to prepare and publish major publications about its experiences and achievements in many projects executed over time.

Year of publication Title Author/s Summary
2015 Agreement for the Conservation of Tropical Forests ACBT - Profonanpe

This book presents the history of the Agreement for the Conservation of Tropical Forests (ACBT) in Peru, its results and projections, as well as the main lessons learned along the project’s implementation and from its partners.

2013 Official guide. Natural protected areas. Peru. English version. Profonanpe - SERNANP

The Ministry of Environment (MINAM) and the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) present the Official Guide to the Natural Areas Protected by the State, the first of this kind in the country, updated in English.

2012 Profonanpe: 20 years preserving Peru’s biodiversity Profonanpe

This report book narrates Profonanpe’s conservation track record and experiences, as well as the testimonies of several of its strategic partners over time.

2012 REDD+ activities in Peru. Analysis of REDD+ pilot projects in Madre de Dios and San Martín with special emphasis on their biodiversity implications. Entenmann, Steffen.

This book presents a general view of the REDD+ pilot projects in Peru based on field research and interviews made in 2010. It shows the great diversity of actors involved in developing and implementing projects and highlights the initial lessons learned.

2011 Huancabamba: values and opportunities for conservation and sustainable development. Vidal Rondán Ramírez; Mariella Bereche Albirena.

This publication was developed within the framework of the Project on “Comprehensive Management and Sustainable Use of the Great Inca Trail – Huancabamba Caxas” (2008 – 2011), implemented by the Mountain Institute, founded by Profonanpe – Peru Finland Fund. The book seeks to contribute to affirm, conserve and sustainably use natural and cultural resources in the cultural landscape “Camino Inca – Las Huaringas,” in Huancabamba and El Carmen de la Frontera district, Huancabamba province, Piura region. These resources were identified, researched and acknowledged by joint work between the technical multidisciplinary team of The Mountain Institute and the people of Quispe Bajo, Jicate, Huancacarpa Alto, Pariamarca Alto, Caxas, Porvenir and Salalá communities.

2011 Useful plants for traditional medicine in Huancabamba. Paolo Villegas Ogoña

This publication was prepared in the framework of the “Comprehensive Management and Sustainable Use of the Great Inca Trail – Huancabamba Caxas” project (2008 – 2011), run by The Mountain Institute, founded by Profonanpe – Peru Finland Fund. It describes in friendly language the flora of the mist forest and paramo ecosystems and their use in traditional medicine as representative elements of the ancestral culture of people living in Piura’s Andes, and presents the work done hand in hand with healers and herbalists from local communities aware of the healing power of these plants and who agreed to share their knowledge.

2011 Andean Fauna in Huancabamba. Jorge Novoa Cova; Segundo Crespo More; Paolo Villegas Ogoña.

Prepared in the framework of the  “Comprehensive Management and Sustainable Use of the Great Inca Trail – Huancabamba Caxas” project (2008 – 2011), implemented by the Mountain Institute, founded by Profonanpe – Peru Finland Fund, this book describes some of thewild fauna found in the high Andean area of the Piura. It was made possible by joint work with non-governmental organizations, such as the Mountain Institute, research scientists and local communities. It presents field work information in succint and friendly language to describe the great biological wealth of this land represented by unique species, many of which are threatened by extinction.

2011 Huancabamba: Moors, Forests and Biodiversity. Jorge Novoa Cova; Segundo Crespo More; Paolo Villegas Ogoña.

This publication was developed within the framework of the Project on “Comprehensive Management and Sustainable Use of the Great Inca Trail – Huancabamba Caxas” (2008 – 2011), implemented by the Mountain Institute, founded by Profonanpe – Peru Finland Fund. It describes the main Andean landscapes that characterize mountain ecosystems in Huancabamba. It disseminates material on the biological richness and ecologic importance of these ecosystems, their wildlife and also their local communities’ cultural expression. These communitieswho depend on these resources for their livelihood.

2010 Biological Diversity in the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve Horacio Zeballos; José Antonio Ochoa; Evaristo López.

The book presents the biodiversity of the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve. It targets the public at large but also the scientific community to promote conservation of natural and scenic resources through the rational use of its resources to contribute to the socioeconomic development of high Andean populations living in the Reserve and its neighboring areas.

2010 Proceedings of the National Meeting on Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management (Lima, March 25 and 26 2010). Profonanpe

The National Meeting on Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management in Lima on March 25 and 26, 2010 was organized by the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) from the Ministry of Environment (MINAM) and the Promotion Fund of Natural Protected Areas in Peru (Profonanpe) to provide relevant information in three topical blocks that summarize current challenges in biodiversity conservation and management of Natural Protected Areas (NPAs) with a participatory approach: NAPs’ contribution to local and regional development, and NAPs’governance and financial sustainability. This meeting created a forum to report on the accomplishments of the GPAN project’s intervention strategy. It permitted to share successful experiences around NPAs’ participatory management, promoted by the project through the national “Sharing Experiences” contest launched in 2009. During the meeting, 45 finalists presented their experiences out of a total 100 participants. The three best experiences were awarded by AFP Integra.

2010 Official guide. Natural protected areas. Peru Profonanpe - SERNANP

The Ministry of Environment (MINAM) and the National Service of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SERNANP) present the Official Guide for Natural Areas Protected by the State, the first guide of its kind in Peru. Aomed at the general public, it is a compact format illustrated publication incudin photographs and maps, and offers abundant information on Pdru’s Natural Protected Areas. The Official Guide of Natural Protected Areas describes the great biodiversity, history, landscape, attractions and access to the 67 natural protected areas under management across Peru spanning some 19 million hectaresor 15% of the national territory (2010).

2009 Strategic Plan of the National Coordination Council for Natural Protected Areas Management Committees in Peru. Profonanpe

Management Committees have progressed to different levels of NPA participatory management as part of the GPAN Project, as regards their effective involvement in conservation projects or supervision of participation mechanisms in NPA administration contracts. After initial learning and specific actions, these Management Committees must now learn about and share experiences on participatory management, a common and fundamental element of feasible protected areas management. Also, they seek to share their experiences in Peru so that good practices and lessons learned can be replicated elsewhere.

2009 Design and Implementation of Administration Contracts. Profonanpe

This publication was prepared by SERNANP’s Unit for Managing Administration Contracts and the GPAN Project’s technical team to describe this innovative NPA management model and attract citizens’ opinions and contributions around an innovative public management process in the broader framework of State reform. It also seeks to facilitate a detailed understanding of this mechanism’s characteristics and its potential for NPA management by actors in these areas. Finally, it wants to become a guide for Administration Contract officials.

2009 Climate change, water crisis and adaptation in Andean mountains. Reflections, claims and proposals from the Andes. DESCO (Centro de estudios y Promoción del desarrollo) - RAP (Red Ambiental Peruana).

Our planet’s environmental crisis affects us all in many ways. Aware of the problem and its impact on Andean people, the International Andean Seminar on Social Water Management for Adaptation to Global Climate Change was organized from August 26 to 28, 2009 in Arequipa and attended by institutions from Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia and Peru, which all pointed to the need for a forum for exchange, reflection and common action to face the global phenomenon. This publication presents the systematized contributions to the seminar.

2009 Lachay: Flora and fauna. Alejandro Tabini; Oswaldo Ramírez; Roberto Gutiérrez; Miguel Ángel Antonio; Dilmar Clarós.

This field guide is undoubtedly an excellent and thorough work, and at the same time a call for protecting, developing and preserving our biological diversity, a key factor for research in different fields.

2009 Direction Plan for Natural Protected Areas: National Strategy. Ministerio del Ambiente; SERNANP

The Guidance Plan for Natural Protected Areas is the most important planning and guidance tool available and a key document to guide their management and coordination all over Peru so that their environmental, social and economic value can be leveraged and guaranteed through their effective and efficient management. SERNANP adopted a broad participative approach to update the Guidance Plan  initially prepared in 1999, and then updated thanks by involving many different NPAs’ actors with diverse interests. These participatory processes are a fundamental factor for their legitimacy.

2009 Payments for Environmental Services for forest conservation in the Peruvian Amazon: Feasibility analysis SERNANP

The book seeks to contribute to an effective national strategy for reducing greenhouse gas effect emissions caused by deforestation in the Peruvian Amazon. This study is part of the Interinstitutional Cooperation Agreement between SERNANP, Profonanpe and Iniciativa Amazónica, supported by the “Reduction of Emissions and Degradation of Forests in Natural Protected Areas of the Amazon Region – MACC Central Rainforest” project and German government’s cooperation.

2009 Regional Conservation Areas and Municipal Conservation Areas Pedro Solano; Bruno Monteferri.

This publication presents the legal status of Regional Conservation Areas (RCAs) and Municipal Conservation Areas (MCAs) and forwards proposals to strengthen these mechanisms. Several regional and municipal governments have chosen this way to organize their conservation areas as part of their decentralization and land planning processes.

2007 Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary: Master Plan (2007-2011) INRENA

Management tool.

2007 Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve: Master Plan (2006-2011) INRENA

Management tool.

2007 Instruments for Participatory Management Monitoring and Evaluation. Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management Project. Profonanpe. Profonanpe

A wide range of actors and groups of actors with various interests are involved in Natural Protected Areas. It is important to identify and characterize these actors to appropriate manage these areas, as their actions directly impact the NPAs’ development. A management model is proposed for Natural Protected Areas that promotes commitment among different social actors, actions guided by governance principles and social inclusion, contributing to building a more democratic society and strengthening the relationship between State and society. Two instruments have been developed to monitor fundamental aspects in the Natural Protected Areas’ participatory management model:  the “Participatory Management Radar” and the “Strategic Actors Map.”

2007 Baseline of the Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management Project. Profonanpe Profonanpe

The baseline of the Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management Project includes biodiversity conservation, institutional and social status status and trends of Protected Areas in the project.

2007 Assessment of the Water Supply Environmental Service based on the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, Chili River Watershed, Arequipa. Project on Participatory Management of Natural Protected Areas. Profonanpe. Roger Loyola Gonzales

This study shows that the main users of water that comes from the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve would be ready to pay more for the resource and into a fund for the conservation of the Chili river watershed. The study opens with an institutional and social diagnosis in connection with planning, management and use of water in Peru and, specifically, in Arequipa. It evaluates water supply for Arequipa population and main industries in the Chili river watershed. Finally, the study identified and prioritized an environmental recovery project portfolio in the reserve and buffer zone.

2006 Management strategy of Equipment and Infrastructure in the National System of Natural Areas Protected by the State (2005-2014) INRENA

A strategy for managing equipment and infrastructure of the National System of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SINANPE) to extend the useful life of assets, reducing repair costs and improving their operational level in Natural Protected Areas (NPA). The diagnosis chapter highlights the need to develop a maintenance strategy and provides details on policies, guidelines, action lines and indicators in connection to System’s maintenance.

2006 Environmental Education Manual. Guide for Teachers. Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management Project Profonanpe Nardy Rosado

A contribution to the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve objectives by recovering gestures, symbols, language and representations that express and communicate the peoples’ ancestral knowledge and their contributions to natural resource management.

2006 Organizing Participatory Management in Natural Protected Areas. Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management Project. Profonanpe Profonanpe

A methodology to create forums for people around environmental issues, making up environmental development self-learning groups, focused on achieving compatibility between economic development and conservation, involving the people in managing their natural protected areas.

2006 Environmental Education and Participatory Management of Natural Protected Areas. Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management Project. Profonan pe Profonanpe

This study aims at learning about the main experiences on environmental education with boys, girls and youth in Natural Protected Areas and their influence zones as part of the Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management Project. It shows contemporary environmental educational action and their trends, learned lessons, conclusions and proposed inotiatives with a modern, comprehensive and sustainable approach to a better educational strategy supporting participatory management of natural protected areas in Peru.

2006 Environmental Education Manual for Students. Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management Project. Profonanpe Profonanpe

Prepared by the Head Office of the Salinas y Aguada Blanca National Reserve, with support from the Araucaria Project led by the Spanish International Cooperation Agency and the Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management project. This manual is addressed to primary school children and is based on the Reserve’s natural resources, their importance and the methodology to incentivize environmental conservation among children.

2006 Proceeding of the International Symposium on Co-administration of Protected Areas (SICA). Natural Protected Areas Participatory Management Project. Profonanpe Profonanpe

A first symposium covering this topic that took place in Lima in December 2004 to learn about and systematize international co-administration experiences of protected areas to reinforce and result in a concrete Peruvian proposal for implementing Protected Areas’ shared administration between the State and Civil Society. Presentations from Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Ecuador, United States, Philippines, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama and Peru.

2005 A beggar sitting on a gold bench: Reflections on development and environment in Peru Gonzalo Castro de La Mata

This book is an extraordinary contribution to the factors responsible for underdevelopment in Peru. This work tours the Peruvian territory, following Antonio Raimondi’s steps, to describe the country’s wealth, while analyzing the factors behind the economic collapse when developing its natural resources and that created dire poverty and enormous wealth incuding guano, saltpeter, rubber, and Peruvian pilchard to name a few. A book full of fresh insights that traces a development strategy for the XXI century based on Peru’s riches stemming from its vast biological and cultural diversity, inbcouding developments in tourism, biotechnology, environmental services and genetic engineering, among others.

2005 Analysis of SINANPE’s financing needs for 2005-2014. Project on Participatory Management of Natural Protected Areas. Profonanpe Profonanpe

Identifying the gap between available and necessary resources is the first step to prepare a financial plan for Natural Protected Areas. The analysis of SINANPE financing needs (2005-2014) aims at defining a sufficient and necessary information baseline for designing a Financial Plan.

2005 Monitoring the Strengthening of Natural Protected Areas’ Management Committees. Project on Participatory Management of Natural Protected Areas. Profonanpe Profonanpe

SINANPE has achieved progress on institutionalizing Management Committees. This is reflected in a trend towards greater regularity and sustainability. However, greater participation of these committees goes beyond the merely formal aspects of creating and incorporating them, so we must focus on other participation aspects that can be synthesized in decision-making and leadership processes when managing the most severe conflict phases in natural protected areas. This indicator seeks to measure Management Committees’ capacity to carry out effective projects for participatory management in natural protected areas.

2004 Questions and answers on the Natural Protected Areas law: What are natural protected areas and what regulations govern them? Jorge Díaz Herrera

A publication posing questions and answers about a number of important issues concerning the natural protected areas law. Readers are advised to read the law and its regulations for a better understanding of the issues at hand.

2003 Machu Picchu butterflies: Illustrated guide to butterflies in the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. Gerardo Lamas

Descriptions of new taxons, a list of Machu Picchu butterflies, a list of Cuzco butterflies and data on illustrated collected specimens.

2003 Private Administration of Natural Protected Areas: International Experiences and the Peruvian Case. Participatory Management of Natural Protected Areas. A project. Profonanpe Profonanpe

A view of the current legal framework that regulates administration contracts, also including a number of presentations by Peruvian and foreign lecturers on the issues discussed at the international meeting on “Management of Natural Protected Areas under Administration Contract: Experience Sharing” in Lima in August 2003. The presentations focused on the model then being built in Peru for this kind of management, and on identifying possible gaps or deficiencies to propose alternatives and enhance the model.

2003 Compendium of Legislation on Natural Protected Areas. INRENA. Profonanpe 493 p. Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental

A joint publication by INRENA and SPDA, it compiles laws and regulations on natural protected areas to bnarrow the gap between the law and regulations and their users.  Their better knowledge and understanding should guide them in their activities from a proactive positive approach that is compatible with the objectives set forth for natural protected areas.

2003 Machu Picchu: Orchids. Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary Orchid Manual. Profonanpe. MACHU PICCHU PROGRAM. 104 p. + photographs. Eric Christenson

The Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary’s (SHMP) natural heritage offers visitors a unique opportunity for orchid observation. The different habitats in the SHMP favor an extraordinary number of orchid species. This book is addressed to botanists interested in this group of plants, to scientists and to visitors at large. It was conceived with the purpose of sensitizing visitors to the Sanctuary regarding conservation of natural resources. Availabe in English.

2002 Profonanpe. Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary Biodiversity: State of the Art. 278 p. + illustrations Profonanpe

This book gathers several studies conducted by the Machu Picchu Program to promote research and information management to feed the sanctuary’s ecosystem conservation management. This book describes the sanctuary’s landscape (life zones and vegetation formations), flora and fauna diversity, threats and biological information gaps.

2002 Peru National Sanctuaries, Profonanpe 10 years promoting conservation. Profonanpe. 83 p. Walter H. Wust

Profonanpe has played a fundamental role by helping the State consolidate the country’s park and reserve system. Profonanpe’s first 10 years celebration is the right moment to realize it is possible to build serious and sound institutions as central elements in a better country. Framed by a decade of work, Profonanpe presents this publication with photographs and texts that show and describe biological and cultural diversity in the National System of Natural Protected Areas made up by parks, sanctuaries, reserves, reserved zones and hunting reserves.

2002 Huascarán National Park Native Grass Manual. National Natural Resource Institute. Huascarán National Park. Profonanpe. 199 p. Martín Salvador

The Huascarán National Park (PNH) presents this publication that systematizes experiences acquired during work with grass users in ravines, as part of the Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program. This manual has been produced to serve authorities, non-governmental organizations, grass users and other stakeholders through adaption of grass conservation policies based upon scientific research.

2002 Tumbes and Northwest Forests. Profonanpe. 84 p. Walter H. Wust

In the region of Tumbes, just a few kilometers inland, it opens a territory marked by gentle mountains and gorges where rivers meander leisurely sand for decades. Northwest forests of Tumbes are natural windows where the fauna and flora have had to adapt to conditions of the desert, but subtly altered by a short rainy season makes its appearance during the summer. The Amotape, Tumbes rainforests, mangroves, amazing ecosystems are fragile and we must all recognize and respect. This publication is a tribute to the men of this unique territory.

2002 Machu Picchu birds field guide, Peru. Profonanpe. 234 p. B. Walker y J. Fjeldså

Tourism started to grow in Machu Picchu in 1950. More than six million people have been estimated to have visited the site. The natural heritage in the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary (SHMP) includes 423 species of birds, as described in this field guide. Machu Picchu provides a unique opportunity for bird watching. The Inca Trail network allows visitors to tour various life zones such as the puna and humid cloud forests that shelter these birds. The book is addressed to ornithologists, scientists and the general public.

Its sale is permanently aimed at the Sanctuary Trust Fund to ensure its sustainability. There is an English version.

2001 Profonanpe. Machu Picchu, Paradise for botanists: a plant collector romance. Machu Picchu Program. 189 p César Vargas Calderón

A volume of homage to distinguished Cuzco botanist Dr. Cesar Vargas Calderon, a pioneer and expert on biological diversity studies in the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary (SHMP) for all his years of work. Profonanpe and the Machu Picchu Program published an anthology of his Botanic Works in the South of Peru. This book targets only scientists, but to anyone interested in the Sanctuary’s biodiversity and culture, making this collection a tool to suppport and foster research at the SHMP.

2001 Plan for mitigating disasters in the Machu Picchu – Aguas Calientes village. Machu Picchu Program. UNDP. Profonanpe. 178 p. V. Carlotto, J. Galdós, J. Solís, J. Arias, P. Machicao y E. Mar.

This document is absed on information about landslides in this area that damaged infrastructure and people, with a consequence on tourism. After the events, plans ere made to  determine the most advisable course of action to mitigate and prevent future disasters in the area, leading to the Machu Picchu Program  that in 1997 rolled out the Plan for Mitigation and Disaster Prevention in the Aguas Calientes River Watershed, Machu Picchu District. The book contains a summary of implemented activities and outcomes.

2000 Profonanpe. Bibliographic compilation on the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary. Peru. Prorfonanpe. 252 p. Profonanpe

1,140 titles from primary and secondary sources, collected from 35 public and private libraries and periodical archives, covering a range of tropics’ ecology and conservation and their relationship with the social sciences, history, art, humanities, engineering, legislation and tourism. Data presentation according to the ISO-690 standard for bibliographies.

2000 Profonanpe. Ecologic-environmental situation of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary: An approach. Peru Profonanpe. 104 p. Profonanpe

This publication seeks to sensitize the public about the present condition of the Machu Picchu Historical Sanctuary given increased tourist activities and demand for connected goods and services resulting in environmental degrafdation. In spite of its importance as a major tourist destination, not all the necessary measures have been taken to restore and maintain the site’s cultural and natural heritage.

1999 Profonanpe. Río Abiseo National Park – Western Sector. Situational diagnose for a public use plan. Peru. Profonanpe. 295 p. Profonanpe

A proposal of the technical elements for participatory planning processes and documents to manage the Río Abiseo National Park (PNRA), particularly for public use. A document prepared to generate, update and provide technical information on natural and cultural resources at the PNRA and to design strategies for their conservation; to identify the socioeconomic characteristics of its areas of influence and to evaluate conditions and possibilities for tourist use; to prepare a characterization proposal, identify information gaps and propose an environmental sensitization plan for neighboring communities.

1999 Profonanpe. Río Abiseo National Park. Eastern Sector. Situational diagnose for public use plan. Peru. Profonanpe.Profonanpe. Río Abiseo National Park. Eastern Sector. Situational diagnose for public use plan. Peru. Profonanpe. 237 p. Profonanpe

Study of Mariscal Cáceres Province, San Martín Department to improve local living standards and facilitate sustainable development of the Eastern Sector of the Río Abiseo National Park and its influence zone. The study proposes to set up a Pro Abiseo-Juanjui Consortium (PROABIS) to lead development management and promotion in Huayabamaba valley, including the Abiseo river watershed.

1998 Profonanpe. The Tumbes Reserved Zone. Biodiversity and socioeconomic diagnosis. Profonanpe 180 p. Profonanpe

Publication by the “Biodiversity Conservation in the Tumbes Reserved Zone” project with systematized information and graphic illustration of three years of research by various specialists and institutions. A study of biodiversity in the Tumbes Reserved Zone including works on birds, flora, mammals, snakes, butterflies and fishes, as well as a socioeconomic diagnosis, including detailed tables and graphs.

1997 Peru. Wildlife / Protected Areas. Profonanpe Second Edition. 125 p. Heinz Plenge

Publication jointly sponsored by Profonanpe, the Dutch Embassy, Southern Peru and Banco de Crédito del Perú. This photo book seeks to disseminate our natural heritage and foster environmental conservation awareness. It includes a map of Natural Areas Protected by the State (SINANPE).