Amazon rainforest in Peru

Priority area Environmental policy, protection and sustainable use of natural resources Protecting tropical forests through sustainable forestry

Peru has the second largest area of tropical rainforest in South America. These forests not only provide a livelihood for many people but are also of pivotal importance for the global climate.

The protection of global public goods and climate protection are a key element of German-Peruvian cooperation. German activities here focus on the management of protected areas, forest protection, the promotion of sustainable forest management, natural resource management, and environmental policy and standards.

One of the aims being pursued here is making Peru’s forest production more competitive. To that end, illegal trade in tropical timber is to be combated, and the share of certified wood from sustainable forest management is to be increased. In order to achieve this and to expand sustainable value chains in the forestry sector, Germany and Peru are also collaborating closely on TVET initiatives for forestry and timber.

The geographical focus of German activities is the tropical Ucayali region. Germany is advising the Peruvian Ministry of Environment and the national forest authority SERFOR, founded in 2014, on creating a more conducive environment for sustainable forestry.

Protected areas

More than 17 per cent of the country's territory is currently designated as protected area. Germany is supporting Peru’s system of protected areas, for instance by financing infrastructure in national parks, improving the administration of protected areas and buffer zones, and promoting sustainable financing for protected areas.