Camino Verde

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Perú

Name: Camino Verde
Country: Peru
Year of establishment: 2012
Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status

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Camino Verde

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Perú

Name: Camino Verde
Country: Perú
Year of establishment:
Type of organization: Legally recognized non-profit status

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Description

We have been planting trees for over a decade in the Peruvian Amazon, which has shown us that the necessary tools, strategies, and technologies exist to bring back forest landscapes. Historically, efforts to restore tropical rainforests have been hindered by the exclusion of forest-dependent people, the critical actors in deforestation, and in any attempt to regenerate forests. One of the factors that motivate many Amazonian farmers to pursue livelihood activities that are destructive to the rainforest is market accessibility for the kinds of products obtained – timber, cash crops like corn and rice, cattle, and charcoal. For long-term forest landscape restoration efforts to be successful, bridges must be built to markets that prefer products sourced from regenerative Amazonian farms.

Our approach centers around linking restoration activities to the production of non-timber forest products that offer improved livelihood for Amazonian communities. In other words, we are farmers working with farmers to plant trees that provide valuable fruits while growing the rainforest back. Given the opportunity, rainforest people are the most effective and knowledgeable conservationists and regenerators of forests.

Nature Element: Agricultural, Forests
Type of Action:
Sustainable Development Element: Jobs and livelihoods (SDG 1) , Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12) , Climate action (SDG 13) , Partnerships (SDG 17) 

Nature Element: Agricultural, Forests
Type of Action:
Sustainable Development Element: Jobs and livelihoods (SDG 1) , Sustainable consumption and production (SDG 12) , Climate action (SDG 13) , Partnerships (SDG 17) 

Environmental Impacts

In 5 years we plan to work with over 500,000 smallholders. The app we have developed, RealTrees, will have a database that will expand to hold millions of trees registered, each of which has its size and carbon capture calculated by sophisticated artificial intelligence tools using simply smartphone photographs as raw material. All trees and their updated growth data are blockchained, enhancing donor confidence and providing proof of impact. This will create more plantings, generating long-term sustainability by empowering local communities through native tree species planted in diversified agroforestry systems. Growing our agroforestry livelihood programs with more native communities in 2 regions of the Peruvian Amazon.

Planting more native trees on deforested lands in the Peruvian Amazon means more habitat, more biodiversity and more livelihoods for locals.

Sustainable Development Impacts

While many reforestation initiatives offer ambitious planting numbers, none that we have seen offer donors the ability to see their own trees’ individual growth year after year. RealTrees allows for this level of transparency and provides donors with an engaging, content-rich user experience on our upcoming RealTrees marketplace site. RealTrees is a tool that offers donors a tree-by-tree degree of confidence in their impact, while providing as much benefit as possible to high-impact tree planters: smallholders, indigenous communities, in and around biodiversity hotspots and protected areas.

RESILIENCE, ADAPTABILITY, AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Real Trees is designed to address climate resilience and adaptation by rewarding perennial agroforestry systems: tree-based agriculture that is regenerative and biodiverse. The Real Trees reforestation cohort’s mission is to grow trees transparently and incentivize tree planting on a massive scale, feeding people and proven-source supply chains. The planting of trees, especially in deforested areas, represents a powerful strategy to address climate -- a much more generative, long-sighted, and effective strategy than monocropping annuals.

REDUCED INEQUALITIES

Camino Verde has always been committed to ensuring the majority of staff, including the leadership team, are local Peruvians and are part of the communities in which we work because we believe this the best way to achieve our goals. The starting point of all our work is recognition and application of local, Indigenous forest knowledge. We want to ensure that communities - Indigenous ones in particular, due to where we work - are included in our work and that our projects are always a participatory process and a partnership. We always begin projects with on-the-ground outreach to ensure existing ideas, traditions, boundaries, etc. are respected.

GENDER EQUALITY

We strive to maintain gender equity in our leadership team. We are currently achieving this with over ? of our executive staff being female, indicating that our recruiting and hiring practices are currently working. In general, when we have two candidates with equal qualifications, we have preferential hiring for the local and/or female candidate; if these two goals were to conflict, we will have to consider what supports greater equity in our team overall.

So that all our projects remain community-centric and equitable, we also seek out partners (such as CACE and the Wise Women of Uganda) that have a similar vision of being rooted in local communities and maintaining gender equity (not just parity).

Real Trees seeks to address gender gaps first and foremost by employing capable women in positions of leadership as a cornerstone of our strategy; and additionally via the following partnerships: Initial phase consortium member Regenerative Farms, with a focus on addressing gender gaps through Community-based partner Wise Women of Uganda, with an all-female membership that has already planted over 100,000 trees in northern Uganda.

In the Palorinya refugee settlement, women and other vulnerable populations are given priority access to participation in tree planting programs.

Scalability

by eliminating exhaustive field work to collect metrics, connecting donors to trees virtually, and collecting real time carbon capture data ---all with a phone. The Real Trees mobile application utilizes A.I. and blockchain technology to collect and store data on every tree a farmer plants, so they can capitalize on carbon credit programs and connect to sustainable supply chains for non-timber forest products. We believe this is accessible to tree planters across the globe. With funding to get phone devices to tree planters, we can share this technology and scale planting up internationally.

Replicability

Camino Verde is just the first member in a small but growing cohort of reforestation organizations whose tree planting appears as sponsorship offerings to donors. The second cohort member is a reforestation initiative targeting South Sudanese refugee settlements in northern Uganda. Beyond this cohort, the RealTrees technology will also be offered as an SaaS licensing agreement to reforestation initiatives wanting to offer the same degree of compelling tree planting transparency to their donors.