Nii Kaniti: Forest Management with Indigenous Communities in Peru

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Project Summary

This REDD+ project works to conserve around 120,000 hectares of rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon through sustainable forest management. It works in collaboration with seven communities belonging to two indigenous ethnic groups, Shipibo Conibo and Cacataibo. The project combines conservation efforts with initiatives to improve the livelihoods of the native communities, including developing the world’s first indigenous-led FSC certified timber programme and cacao agroforestry. REDD+ projects work on the basis of preventing the deforestation of highly valuable tropical rainforest. The protection of these 120,000 hectares of the forest will reduce global emissions by 2.7 million tonnes of CO2 by 2021.

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hectares of rainforest protected

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tonnes of carbon emissions avoided

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women with livelihoods improved through the project




1. Works directly with the indigenous communities.

2. Directly addresses a broad range of the SDGs.


1. Protects an incredibly biodiverse region.

2. Region otherwise heavily logged.


1. Protecting tropical rainforest even better than planting trees.

2. Incentivises continued protection over the long-term.

This project does not have a direct impact on the oceans, check out these other projects that do: Eden, Plastic Bank.

This diagram shows the HALO for Nii Kaniti. The HALO demonstrates our assessment of the project's impact across sustainable livelihoods (H), air quality (A), biodiversity & land quality (L) and ocean quality (O). 

We select a portfolio of projects that demonstrate holistic climate action across the HALO. 

UN Sustainable Development Goals

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This diagram demonstrates how the Nii Kaniti project performs across different Sustainable Development Goals. 


Why we like it

  • Money for this project goes directly to the seven communities, providing economic incentive not to chop down the forest. We like projects where the communities most affected have a large say in the project development and the 7 tribes worked closely to create their own REDD+ certification after raising awareness of the issues surrounding REDD+ projects run by foreign ‘carbon cowboys’. We also like projects where the communities involved stand to benefit the most from the successful outcomes of the project.

  • The project also places an emphasis on the sustainable livelihoods of women. Over the project lifetime, over 2,000 women will have improved their livelihood or generated income as a result of project activities. These include the production of traditional crafts and providing them with a route-to-market.

  • This project provides a broad array of human benefits in terms of sustainable livelihoods from the protected forest. The project includes development of the first FSC-certified low impact forestry programme led by an indigenous community. The project will also develop agroforestry practices that will provide a sustainable source of food in the region.

  • Protection of mature tropical rainforests ranks highly on Project Drawdown’s carbon sequestration list, even higher than planting new trees. Mature ecosystems are excellent stores of carbon and the REDD+ mechanism is a great way to channel funds to aid their protection from deforestation for timber or cash crops.

  • The project scored highly on our biodiversity impact assessments. Tropical rainforests are an incredibly dense biosphere and deforestation threatens many of the native Amazonian species. This project emphasises the protection of three threatened native species: the jaguar, the blue-headed macaw and the tapir.


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