Habitat restoration, conservation and sustainable plant use in southern Peru
In collaboration with governmental and non-governmental partners, this project has been working since 2005 to conserve relict areas of native vegetation, develop and demonstrate techniques for habitat restoration and regeneration using local species, and promote sustainable production of economically viable products from Prosopis (huarango) pods and other native species. Initial funding was obtained in 2005 to conserve a surviving area of old-growth Prosopis forest in the Rio Nazca watershed. In 2006 funding was secured from the UK Darwin Initiative to support a three-year project entitled Habitat Restoration and Sustainable Use of Southern Peruvian Dry Forest, which formed part of the wider Huarango Project. Work in the region is continuing.
Strengthening local/national capacity for applied biodiversity research: The project has trained several young Peruvian scientists through undergraduate and Masters studies and engagement in the project’s research programme. Many of these have gone on to take up influential roles in conservation and research in the region. A new herbarium has been established at the University of Ica.