In the Alto Mayo Protected Forest (BPAM), in the San Martin region, 567 coffee growers have been implementing agroforestry systems for coffee cultivation since 2011, which has allowed them to improve the quality of their coffee and increase production, while avoiding deforestation of the forest, which has been considered a protected natural area (PNA) for 35 years.
Thanks to the co-management of the National Service of Protected Natural Areas by the State, Sernanp, and Conservation International, the Cooperative of Multiple Services Bosque de Alto Mayo (COOPBAM) was formed and in six years has been able to export more than 1,143 tons of coffee to special markets in the United States and Europe, adding to the 47% of the national coffee production that comes from the Amazon and San Martin areas.
Thanks to personalized training in agroforestry techniques, the forest ecosystem has improved the quality of the bean, converting BPAM coffee into a sustainable specialty coffee, scoring between 80 and 85 points in cup quality.
“We realized that by taking care of the forest, the quality of our beans improved and therefore our income improved. Now we want to go further and train more producers to achieve a greater volume of production and better quality,” says Joimer Vargas, coffee taster and assistant in the area of quality control at the BPAM-Sernanp Tasting School.
The campaign seeks to provide opportunities for coffee tasters, coffee growers and families in the region to conserve the Alto Mayo Protected Forest.
The conservation of the forest has not only allowed hundreds of coffee-growing families to develop their work in a sustainable manner, but also 112 families to obtain and improve their income from the sale of native bee honey, 269 families from the sale of pitahaya and, in recent years, 53 families have begun to work with vanilla. In addition, 228 women have formed the Alto Mayo Association of Women Entrepreneurs and Defenders of the Alto Mayo Protected Forest, thus contributing to the development of the region.
“The impact has not only been economic. This effort has reduced deforestation in the BPAM by 42% and has prevented more than 7.6 million tons of CO2 from polluting the environment, conserving biodiversity and allowing the community to develop sustainable economic activities,” says Anton Willems, CEO of Profonanpe.
As part of this sustainable development in the area, Sernanp, Conservation International and Profonanpe, through the BPAM Tasting School, are promoting the #UnCaféParaConservar fundraising campaign to benefit the development of coffee-growing families in the BPAM.
These coffee growers, who export internationally, aim to become certified as Q Grader taster in order to improve their coffee production and quality. This will not only increase the income of the cooperative and the community, but also cover the costs of surveillance and control of the BPAM, guaranteeing adequate conditions for the production of this sustainable coffee and the promotion of economic activities compatible with this natural environment.
Contributions can be made through the Peru por Naturaleza platform by different means of payment such as Yape, PayPal, bank transfer, among others, starting at 5 soles.
Profonanpe has established itself as the most important private environmental fund in Peru. Since its foundation, it has been characterized as an institution specialized in creating, developing and implementing innovative processes in the management and administration of funds, and the participatory management and involvement of private enterprise, for the conservation of biodiversity, mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
Sernanp is an agency attached to the Ministry of the Environment in charge of the management and conservation of Protected Natural Areas (PNA), their biological diversity and the maintenance of their environmental services, articulated to an integral policy of sustainable development of the country and with the purpose of bringing these spaces closer to the population, so that all Peruvians can take advantage of the resources they provide us in a sustainable manner, thus contributing to the sustainable development of the national economy.