A Strong Team – for People and the Planet
In 2015, saving 18,000 hectares (44,000 acres) of highland rainforest in Peru seemed impossible. Logging, land trafficking, red tape, and encroaching pineapple plantations were threatening one of Central Peru’s last remaining untouched cloud forests.
But our German-Peruvian team did not give up! We fought for three years and finally convinced the President’s Office, the Regional Government, the Department of Agriculture, and the Forestry Department that these forests had to live. Virtually in the last moment, when the Peruvian government handed over these forests to our local partner organization in a unique deal for conservation, this amazing ecosystem was saved from destruction. The My Rainforest project was born.
Now it is our responsibility to protect the forest.
We build checkpoints, employ local forest guards, and help the ten neighboring villages to protect the forest and improve their quality of life, mainly through small-scale sustainable coffee production, reforestation, awareness-building, and education.
We are partnering with many stake holders such as local populations, the Peruvian government, and the University of Central Peru.
To save an unbelievably beautiful ecosystem with different types of tropical forests and peatlands for future generations and safeguard life-giving water supplies for two districts and their population.
KaFe Rocks is one of our key partners to make this inspiring project possible.
Through an ambitious compensation scheme, KaFe Rocks offsets three times the amount of carbon emissions produced by its operations and the daily lives of all of its team members. This way, KaFe Rocks helps us save 18,000 hectares of cloud forest which are vital for biodiversity and climate mitigation.
Our Year 2019
With the help of KaFe Rocks we have been able to demarcate the borders of our protected cloud forest. We have purchased motorbikes for our forest guards and have been able to pay their salaries. Also, we have employed an expert in organic coffee production and have started working with the population of two neighboring villages to enable them to save their forests and improve their quality of life through better and less harmful coffee production.
Together with KaFe Rocks we work for our shared future – for people and the planet.
Thank you! Dankeschön! Muchas Gracias!
What is unique about My Rainforest:
My Rainforest is neighboring with two other protected areas, together they create a protected wilderness of more than 100,000 hectares.
Among the flag ship species that have survived in the My Rainforest reserve there is a number of ciritically endangered plant and animal species such as jaguars, pudus, pumas, pecaris, several hard wood species, Andean cock-of-the-rock, many hummingbird species and others.
My Rainforest provides two districts with water, over 100 creeks and rivers begin in these forest-covered mountains.
Millions of tons of carbon are stored in the vegetation, soil and peats of the My Rainforest reserve thus making an important contribution to climate mitigation.
My Rainforest is bigger than half the German state of Bremen.
The forests and peatlands of My Rainforest stretch between 1,500 and 3,500 meters above sea level and harbor a huge diversity of ecosystems.
Each year, My Rainforest absorbs the same amount of carbon as a German town with 20,000 inhabitants releases into the atmosphere.
My Rainforest is home to hundreds of species of orchids and birds as well as to more tree species than all of central Europe.
The highest peak in the My Rainforest protected area reaches 3,500 meters, 600 meters more than Germany’s highest mountain.