Alliance for regenerative ranching in the Peruvian Amazon - Madre de Dios pilot

Introducing nature-based solutions in the Peruvian Amazon to transform extensive deforested pasturelands into silvopasture systems that benefit the environment and local farmers while contributing to economic development.

This pilot project involves the Under2 Coalition member Madre de Dios, Peru.

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Partner logos - UK PACT, WWF, Under2 Coalition, TFA

About the project

This project aims to overcome the barriers that prevent the uptake of promising nature-based solutions that sequester and store greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, while improving livelihoods and aligning with Peru’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) toward 2050. 

Project partners, WWF, the Climate Group and the Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) will support technical capacity building around silvopasture systems in Tampobata and Tahuamanu – two of the three provinces of Madre de Dios, a department situated in the Peruvian Amazon, where extensive cattle farming is the number one cause of deforestation.  

The project, supported by UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions), involves three main components: local capacity-building through farmer field schools, knowledge sharing with wider state and regional governments and creating platforms for stakeholder dialogue for generating – and facilitating - conditions for marketing and financing.  

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Project objectives

Train farmers in deforestation-free livestock practices, such as silvopastuoural and regenerative methods, through farmer field schools (FFS) while incorporating positive gender and youth approaches. 

Develop and disseminate knowledge products regarding regenerative ranching best practices among farmers and government officials across the region. 

Develop opportunities through a public-private multi-stakeholder process to solve financial bottlenecks impeding the transition toward silvopastural systems. 

Create a regional public-private coalition for sustainable production in Madre de Dios that sets the rules and a roadmap for the promotion of deforestation-free livestock in the region. 

Photo of a cow behind a fence in tall grassland

The results

AGRAP has demonstrated the value of regenerative cattle ranching as an alternative way of farming that can restore soil health and reverse the impacts of deforestation: protecting and revitalizing surrounding ecosystems and making farming more sustainable.

The project has built technical capacity locally through the development of silvopastoral systems, which intersperse cattle farms with wooded areas to provide a buffer against environmental harm. These wooded areas help to protect local biodiversity as well as providing farmers with extra, diversified income from forest products.

Watch the below video to see the results. 

Screenshot of AGRAP webinar recording. Two speakers on right. Powerpoint slides on left with text and map infographics, and a photograph

Exchanging knowledge

Climate Group brought together governments and experts to showcase results of the project.

Having spent time working directly with farmers, governments and experts in states and regions that make up this area, this was an opportunity not just to share the results of the project, but to hear what people had learnt and discuss how this could be used in other parts of the world.

Project partners & supporters

UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions)

UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) is a £60m flagship programme under the International Climate Finance (ICF) portfolio. It is part of the UK’s £5.8bn commitment to International Climate Finance by 2021 to tackle climate change.

This project is a part of the Green Recovery Challenge Fund, which is funded by UKAid from the UK Government.

WWF

WWF is the leading global conservation organization, with a presence in more than 100 countries and the support of more than 5 million partners. In Peru, WWF has operated in Madre de Dios since 2000, working across several projects related to forest, indigenous peoples, fresh water and wildlife. 

Also, WWF-UK manages £4 million in programme support to WWF offices in the Amazon region, including support to improve cattle ranching in Colombia and Brazil. 

Tropical Forest Alliance

The Tropical Forest Alliance is a multi-stakeholder partnership platform to support the implementation of private-sector commitments to remove deforestation from key tropical supply chains such as cocoa, palm oil and beef.

Hosted by the World Economic Forum, its 170+ alliance partners include companies, government entities, civil society, indigenous peoples, local communities and international organizations. In Peru, TFA's workplan is implemented through the Coalition for Sustainable Production

To find out more, contact:

Natalie Orentlicher, Project Manager - Transparency & Pathways