SERNANP and The Field Museum present experiences of articulation of Life Plans in Seminar of Best Practices in Lima, Peru

In the spirit of “Integrating Amazonian Protected Areas in the Landscape”, the Seminar on Best Practices in Protected Areas of the Amazonian Biome was held in Lima between September 11 and 12. This meeting, led by the IAPA project (Integration of Protected Areas of the Amazon Biome) of REDPARQUES, brought together 46 successful management experiences in protected areas from seven countries in the region.

During the seminar, SERNANP and with the Field Museum’s technical presented the experiences of the San Matías San Carlos Protected Forest (BPSMSC) and the Machigenga Communal Reserve and Quality of Life Plans. The purpose was to disseminate lessons learned and recommendations taking into consideration Quality of Life Plans from a landscape approach and making visible the positive impact that comes from working in an articulated manner in favor of the conservation and quality of life of local populations.

SERNAP and Field Museum team at the Seminar for Best Practices in Protected Areas of the Amazonian Biome in Lima, Peru on September 11-12, 2018.

Deyanira Mishari, head of the (BPSMSC), presented their experience on how strengthening the capacities of stakeholders in the area such as park guards, community members, and the indigenous federation in developing and implementing Quality of Life Plans can yield positive results for the relationship between the protected area and its surrounding communities. These results include ensuring the continuity of local people’s livelihoods and the conservation of the area.

Cesar Aliaga, head of the Machigenga Communal Reserve, presented on their experience of working with several actors in a concerted effort for the comanagement of the area and the surrounding territory. The work in the Urubamba watershed is important because it shows that it is possible to work with multiple sectors and stakeholders at the landscape level to make decisions about resource use and ensure the wellbeing of indigenous communities in an articulated manner.

Both experiences are examples of best practices being employed in the Amazonian biome and show that it is possible for conservation to yield goods and services that benefit biodiversity and improve the quality of life for neighboring populations.

The event was promoted and developed by partners that are part of this regional initiative: European Union, FAO, WWF, IUCN, United Nations Environment Programme, and Redparques. Other participating institutions included: WCS, Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity (ICMBio of Brazil), National Natural Parks of Colombia, National Service of Protected Areas by the State of Peru (Sernanp), Fundación Ecociencia, Ministry of Environment of Ecuador, Association for Conservation, Research on Biodiversity and Sustainable Development (Bolivia), Gaia Amazonas Foundation (Colombia), Inparques (Venezuela), Institute of Ecological Research (Brazil), and The Field Museum, among others.

The experiences presented at this seminar will be put together in a publication that will be presented at the III Congress of Protected Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, to be held in Lima, from March 17 to 20, 2019.