July 2014—Two-thirds of Peru’s territory is covered by forest with potential for permanent forest production. This production, however, is threatened by illegal logging, one of the country’s most significant environmental, economic and social challenges.
July 2014—Forests hold a wealth of biodiversity. Peru’s Amazon rainforest ranks third in the world for biodiversity, and is the basis for the survival of hundreds of native communities. In these communities, women are the gatekeepers of ancestral knowledge for the use of non-timber forest resources such as seeds and medicinal plants.
June 2014—In Peru, the forestry sector has the potential to become one of the most dynamic sectors within the domestic economy. With more than 70 million hectares of Amazonian forest, sustainable timber harvesting can benefit both the region’s workers and its companies.
Many rural health facilities in Peru face the challenge of providing quality maternal-child health services. However, the Lluyllucucha health micro-network in San Martin, Peru, has reason to be proud. Since January 2010, the maternal mortality rate has been zero.
The citizens of Nauta, a town in the Peruvian Amazon about two hours south of Iquitos, suffer from high rates of poverty and malnutrition and their economic opportunities are limited. Traditionally, Nauta’s women were absent from political forums.
Last updated: August 29, 2014