The project engages companies in Peru to promote green growth and reduce deforestation


September 28, 2021

Peru’s natural resources are threatened with overconsumption due to unsustainable land use, rapid development and poor land management. Peruvian entrepreneurs also lack the resources to create viable businesses that depend on these natural resources.

To tackle these issues, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded the Amazon Development Entrepreneurial & Learning Alliance (ADELA) program to “engage investors, entrepreneurs and conservation-oriented businesses to promote green growth and reduce deforestation and degradation of natural resources, while improving the livelihoods of communities”.

Peru’s natural resources are threatened with overconsumption due to unsustainable land use, rapid development and poor land management. Photo by Richard Whitcombe / Shutterstock
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The USAID program came into being when Percy summers, project manager for Conservation International, was in residence at Arizona State University as Conservation International-Center for Biodiversity Outcomes practice teacher. ASU and Conservation International separately responded to USAID’s call for conceptual approaches to develop sustainable solutions to these challenges, but seeing how they could work together, Conservation International and ASU decided to join forces to submit ADELA’s combined proposal.

The project will now continue its work at ASU under the leadership of Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Department and the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes (CBO), supporting ADELA’s efforts to create local and sustainable economic opportunities and support green investments.

“Even though CBO and Conservation International are both experts in biodiversity conservation, this USAID opportunity was specifically aimed at integrating economic development with conservation,” said Rajesh buch, Director of Business Development at Service Solutions. “The work that Service Solutions has carried out in partnership with the city of Phoenix (through the Network of innovation and resource solutions) to improve and optimize their resource management programs and practices during 2013-2019, ASU is uniquely positioned to integrate these disciplines to develop a holistic approach to job creation and resource conservation.

Lea Gerber, founding director of the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, will be the principal investigator of the project.

“The ADELA project brings together CBO and Solutions Service to innovate in integrating biodiversity and other sustainable development goals into green economic development,” she said. “Although we are focusing on Peru for this project, our work lays the foundation for extensions and applications. worldwide.

The Solutions service will help design and train organizations and individuals to operate an economic development platform that documents strengths, opportunities and challenges in the Ucayali and San Martín regions of Peru. They will also generate a report on markets, human capital, culture, financial / investor networks, support and policy, and then produce recommendations based on the findings. The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes will assist by creating and testing decision support tools for biodiversity restoration that will analyze the costs and benefits of potential interventions for the region.

Conventional economic development tools focus on creating the conditions for economic development and trade, but do not take into account the extraction and consumption of resources. The ASU team is pioneering and innovating in a methodology that integrates tools for economic development and biodiversity management so that local and regional trade and job creation can be stimulated, while natural resources can be stimulated. be consumed in a sustainable manner.

The project hopes to spawn around 100 development projects that respect businesses and the environment, create new investment opportunities, help Peru reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve the livelihoods of indigenous communities, reduce deforestation and more.


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