Project aim: to establish an integrated agro-forestry plot to be maintained primarily by the students staying at Casa Miraflores that will provide a basic food supply while gradually replacing two hectares of purma - poor quality secondary forest growth – with better quality secondary forest.
Location: native community of El Pilar, a 30 minutes boat ride up the Madre de Dios river from Puerto Maldonado.
Initial phase: the plot was planted with a variety of tree seedlings such as castaña (brazil-nut), palms, copazú, arazá, cacao, citricos and various timber species in 2019. In between the tree seedlings, crops such as wild rice, camote (sweet potato) and yucca were planted.
Second phase: the plot is due to be enhanced with further planting in the first half of 2021.