Many people were displaced, families broken up and children orphaned. For the community, it is a time they will never forget. Yet it is one that has instilled more determination to preserve and protect their immensely diverse Asháninka culture, rainforest and home.
The area of Camantavishi lies in the Ene basin and acts as a buffer zone for two protected natural areas; the Asháninka Communal Reserve and the Otishi National Park.
For the Asháninka who call Camantavishi home, their forests continue to be their market. Whether it’s yucca, corn, achiote, freshwater or medicinal plants, the forest is where local people find everything they need. Keeping the forest standing is essential to support families and the continued survival of their community.
Location: Junín Province, Peru
A lack of sustainable incomes and subsequent poverty has placed immense pressure on the forest. The need for healthcare and cash means offers for the forest become attractive and sometimes the only option.
Despite knowing their forest and where to find food, it’s all-too-common for communities to suffer from malnutrition due to low yields and also a lack of protein available.
When adequate nutrition is a challenge and reliable incomes nonexistent, people may use slash and burn to grow food, degrading increasing amounts of forest in the process.