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Legal Timber Fetches Five Times Market Price July 2010
Greatly reducing environmental impacts and generating more funds for the local community
For many years illegal logging was identified as one of the principal challenges for better management of Amazonian forests, yet for many communities it was the most important income source. With the help of one of NCI’s most successful programs, PROCREL (the Peruvian Program for Conservation, Management and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in the Region of Loreto), the Peruvian community of Atalaya in the Chambira River Valley now has a sustainable forestry permit that allows them to sustainably harvest timber from part of their communal land. PROCREL provided the community with the initial capital to develop and execute a management plan, and now the legal timber fetches nearly five times market price in the nearby city of Iquitos. The community has since been able to pay back the loan five months ahead of schedule. Now, the community protects its communal land against illegal timber cutting, and benefits from their own legal and sustainable timber harvest, greatly reducing impacts and generating more funds for the local community. PROCREL has been working in this region for several years helping to improve the livelihood of the local people by developing a number of sustainable income generation programs. It has also helped to protect nearly 4.5 million acres of pristine forest in three newly declared Regional Conservation Areas.