San Martin, Peru

Protecting and conserving primary Amazonian rainforest

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About San Martin

PUR has been supporting the Biocorredor Martin Sagrado project for more than a decade with three partner organizations, protecting and conserving approximately 300,000 hectares of primary Amazonian rainforest located in the San Martin region.


The San Martin region in the Andean Amazon is rich in biodiversity — home to 2,500 species listed by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), many threatened with extinction. Yet it is also the most deforested region in Peru, devastated by logging and poor agricultural practices.

Conserving environmental resources is essential for supporting smallholder farmers. Deforestation is a major cause of soil depletion, increasing the exposure of crops to extreme climatic events, which amplifies the vulnerability of impoverished agricultural communities.

The project protects the region from illegal deforestation through targeted conservation activities, while improving the livelihoods of local communities and maintaining ecosystem services in the buffer areas.

Reducing Emissions through REDD+

REDD+ is a framework developed by UNFCCC Conferences of Parties, aiming to provide incentives for all rainforest countries to avoid deforestation and prevent degradation of vital forest ecosystems.

The framework creates a financial value for carbon stored in forests, enhancing the ability of developing countries to invest in low-carbon pathways for sustainable development.

The REDD+ framework also goes beyond deforestation — incorporating sustainable practices for conservation activities and forest management, as well as guidelines for the establishment of forest carbon stocks to help address climate change.

Generating Long-Term Impact

The Biocorredor Martin Sagrado REDD+ project is a highly efficient initiative, generating long-term ecological impact by targeting the main drivers of deforestation. It directly involves local producers whose livelihoods depend on ecosystem services, while also protecting Indigenous communities living in the forest and preserving their historical territory.

Protecting Areas of High Conservation Value

Communities At The Core

Conservation activities are community-led and implemented with a unique organizational structure, including democratic and participative decision-making processes. Regular meetings and workshops are held to coordinate the efforts of local associations.

The Biocorredor Martin Sagrado project empowers communities to improve territory management and increase environmental commitment — focusing on production, protection, and inclusion. Through training programs and education initiatives, we raise awareness of conservation topics to enhance community participation in conserving and restoring degraded lands.

Local communities also benefit from income diversification opportunities, including agroforestry, aquaculture, beekeeping, and livestock programs. We also generate employment opportunities through the development of local tree nurseries and recruitment of workers for conservation activities.

Addressing All Potential Deforestation Drivers