Protecting ancestral lands
Protecting ancestral lands
of threatened rainforest protected
Saving 5 protected species
Create 357 jobs
Boosting local economy with jobs in timber extraction & agroforestry
FOREST MANAGEMENT WITH SHIPIBO CONIBO AND CACATAIBO INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES OF THE UCAYALI REGION (NII KANITI)
Nii Kaniti protects almost 120,000 hectares of critical rainforest in Ucayali. It maintains essential habitat connectivity and facilitates movement, dispersal and the ecological function of flora, fauna, and the ecosystem.
The project supports seven communities belonging to two indigenous ethnic groups – Shipibo Conibo and Cacataibo – through improving community forest management. These communities are remote, with several only reachable by boat from the Ucayali River. Many indigenous people living in the area depend on the forest yet remain in poverty and social exclusion. Nii Kaniti aims to build resilience into their livelihoods by supporting them to better protect and conserve their lands. All activities address community needs through extensive collaboration.
Nii Kaniti means ‘forest and development’ in the indigenous language local to the Ucayali region of central Peru. The project prioritizes indigenous-led development, scaling up sustainable community forest management to improve the livelihoods of seven remote indigenous communities on the edge of the Peruvian Amazon. By preventing land invasions for unsustainable agriculture, illegal use of forest resources, and land grabs, it protects 120,000 hectares of threatened forest, home to animals such as jaguars, macaws, and tapirs.
A distinctive feature is a social enterprise, Nii Biri, which is a hub for indigenous economic activities. It is run by local and indigenous people and supports business administration, scaling of production, and improved market access for local producers.
- Click here to see the project on the Verra Carbon Standard projects page.
- Nii Kaniti will prevent the emissions of 2.7 million tonnes of CO2 over the first ten years of its 20- year lifetime, validated and verified under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS).
- It has also achieved CCB Gold status for exceptional climate and biodiversity benefits.
- Conserves 119,837 hectares of threatened forest in the Ucayali region of central Peru, on the edge of the Amazon Rainforest.
127,004 hectares of threatened forest protected
5 threatened species protected, including the Jaguar, Blue-headed Macaw and Tapir
357 jobs created or supported in areas such as FSC timber extraction and agroforestry
35% of jobs created or supported held by women, and 32 women in management roles within productive organizations and committees
· SUSTAINABLE ENTERPRISE
3 sustainable businesses supported, such as an ecotourism travel hub
· FAIR ECONOMIC RETURN
EUR 3,926,170 invested into livelihood activities and local supply chains
· SUSTAINABLE COMMODITIES
FSC certified timber – the first indigenous FSC program in the world and first FSC program in Peru