PERU is one of the world’s most diverse countries, with a great concentration of species found nowhere else on Earth. Its ecosystems range from the arid coast across steep Andean mountains into the dense Amazon rainforest, yielding 84 different life zones with countless species of flora and fauna. This enormous variety is further enriched by the great cultural wealth of its indigenous people, who have extensive knowledge of the characteristics and potential uses of the country’s biodiversity.
Many of Peru’s ecosystems are in danger, however. Unsustainable agriculture and timber exploitation along with development of petroleum and mining operations present a serious threat to biodiversity.
Our work supports tremendous local efforts in the field, protecting Peru’s rich biological wealth while helping local communities find and sustain livelihoods based on thriving ecosystems.
Peru has one of the highest concentrations of endemic species – species found nowhere else on the planet. Its ecosystems range from arid coastal landscapes to the tropical Amazon rainforest.
They house the majority of Earth’s biodiversity. Unfortunately, more than 100 acres are cleared every minute. Learn more
Many consider them the world’s top conservation priority, as they contain the greatest number of endemic species. Learn more
Tropical deciduous forests are home to one of the highest numbers of endemic species in all of the tropics. Learn more
Mangroves, estuaries and lagoons are significant for their marine diversity and importance for migratory birds. Learn more
We are helping to preserve the rich cultures of Peru while conserving critical ecosystems by working with indigenous groups and partnering with local governments and communities.