Las Piedras Corridor Perú (LPCP)

Help us protect one of the most biologically diverse places on Earth and home of some of the world’s last remaining Peoples Living in Voluntary Isolation.

Las Piedras Corridor Initiative

A winning multi-stakeholder and multi-strategy approach to conserving Las Piedras.

Join our collaborative initiative that aims to protect 100,000 hectares of vulnerable rainforest in Las Piedras by 2030.


30,000 hectares protected.

Goal to protect 100,000 hectares.

8 Forest rangers employed.

20+ ecotourism staff employed.

5 Partnering forest communities.

11 Private land custodians.

The Challenge

The majority of rainforests of Las Piedras are owned by the Peruvian state and managed by hundreds of concessionaires, each one managing an area of forest with a designated land use. Concession regulations prohibit the clear felling of forest and logging is only permitted in accordance with the management plan. Concessionaires are often unable to protect their concessions and illegal and unregulated extraction of the forest’s natural resources continues to occur. The majority of concessionaires sell their large trees and they support logging road networks which expand ever deeper into the watershed.

Concessions are also often deforested for agriculture as land seeking migrants arrive in the region seeking economic incentives. Farming communities in Las Piedras most often farm cattle or monoculture plantations such as sun grown cacao or papaya, with inputs of chemical herbicide, pesticide and fertiliser. Once the rainforest is cleared and farmed in this way, the soil quickly becomes barren, biodiversity is depleted and the rainforests ability to sequester carbon dioxide is completely wiped out.

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Las Piedras Watershed Conservation Map

The Strategy

The Las Piedras Corridor area ecompasses roughly 250,000 hectares of rainforest. ARCAmazon and its partners seek to protect 100,000 hectares of priority forest in strategic locations. To date, 30,000 hectares are already been conserved.

Beyond simply protecting this region, the initiative seeks to conserve and regenerate forests, promote agroforestry on previously deforested land and alleviate poverty in the Las Piedras watershed.

We want to ensure that by 2030 there is no new deforestation within the network of 100,000 hectares of primary rainforest concessions that are partnering with this initiative. We want to ensure that participating farmers within the agricultural areas regenerate their farms by growing shade grown cacao agroforestry on at least 50% of their farmland. And we aim for all participating communities and concessionaires to experience an increase in per hectare income from the areas they allocate to the Las Piedras Corridor.