Your Awajún Impact Report
Winter 2017



At the beginning of the new year, take some time to explore some of the highlights from Peru that you helped make happen.

You strengthened families

Rainforest is best protected when families are strong and healthy enough to defend it. It’s no surprise that health and nutrition are investment priorities for our rainforest partners.

Your Awajún Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017


River fish is the principal source of protein in the Awajún communities that Cool Earth works alongside. Deforestation and contamination have meant fish numbers have fallen and catches declined. As a result, the village of Huaracayo has invested in fish farms. Thanks to Bernado Ipukuy, our fish technician and one of Cool Earth’s greatest assets, a makeshift breeding centre has been built and the fish ponds are brimming with bream. Alongside Cool Earth’s local Coordinator, Josue Morales, Bernado able to produce eggs all year round, providing a sustainable income as well as protein for the over 100 families in Huaracayo.

You've grown incomes

One of the biggest drivers of deforestation is poverty. Building diverse income streams that can withstand bad harvest, floods, droughts and unforeseen emergencies can be the biggest asset in a communities’ arsenal against forest loss. Investing in skills, from accounting to engineering, help create options to selling trees.

Your Awajún Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017

Amazing Inga

Slash and burn agriculture destroys huge swathes of rainforest. It sometimes takes just two years to exhaust the soil in a small plot. If a new plot is then cleared, a cycle of destruction can emerge and with smallholder farmers responsible for more than 70% of the food calories produced in the tropics, there is nothing small scale about the impact on the rainforest and global emissions. Cool Earth has focused on halting this cycle using a miraculous native plant, the Inga. The Swiss Army Knife of trees, it fixes nitrogen, restores phosphorous, provides shade for crops and yields firewood. When planted in rows, it stabilises soils and enhances the yields of crops planted in between, so that the same garden plots are used year in, year out.

Your Awajún Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017

Peruvian Paddies

This year, the Awajún partnership had another bright income generating idea. Growing and harvesting rice. Rice has a triple benefit; it can be grown on marginal flooded land, it can be sold at the market and it provides a reliable staple food for the community. With just four months between sowing and harvesting, it is possible to have three harvests a year.

You improved the health of the forest

The more biodiverse a forest is, the more carbon it holds. That’s why we use the health of the forest and the species in it as an indicator of the success of our partnerships. And when we find evidence of threatened species thriving, that’s an even bigger reason to celebrate.

Your Awajún Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017


Our rainforest partners know more about the forest than we ever will. That’s why the local Community Forest Watch Teams in our partnerships in Peru, Papua New Guinea are so key to measuring our effectiveness. With the help of camera traps and laptops, the teams collect images and data from the forest. As well as underpinning our monitoring work, the photos are used in the community schools to show animals the children may never have seen.

Your Awajún Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017


The Spectacled Bear is the best known Red List species in Peru (thanks in no small part to Paddington) and despite its rarity, the Asháninka Biodiversity Office, Jaime Pena, regularly captures photos of them. Jaime is on a mission to see one first hand, regularly walking for 8 hours a day to fulfil his quest. We hope 2018 will be his year.

New beginnings

That means 2018 will be a pivotal year for Cool Earth. We’ll be kicking it off with a full review of the outcomes we have achieved, from canopy protected to incomes built. The work has already started in Peru and the early findings point to one thing; more control of funding by local people.  

It is clear that 2017 has been an incredible year with more rainforest saved and carbon locked away than we could ever have hoped. But as we enter our tenth year, it is clearer than ever that community partners now play the leading role in planning and implementing everything that our supporters fund.

This was always the ambition. The new challenge for a ten year old organisation is to understand what works, what doesn’t and how we can now scale up our funders’ impact. This is welcome news because local control of rainforest has always been a part of Cool Earth’s mission. But it also raises some thorny questions about Cool Earth’s long term role in our partnerships.

So 2018 will be the year we learn from what we’ve done. More importantly, it will be the year when we decide what we don’t do, as much as what we do. We promise the impact on saving rainforest will continue to grow, but we’ll also come up with a plan for making sure it can continue to grow for many years to come.

Your Awajún Impact Report <br /> Winter 2017
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