The key problem to be addressed is the “insufficient number of participatory mechanisms for the conservation of mangrove forest ecosystems in the Piura and Tumbes regions”. Its main causes are: (i) Limited use of legal powers by regional and local governments for the conservation of mangrove ecosystems; ii) low level of forest management and administration for the conservation of mangrove ecosystems; and (iii) limited development of financial sustainability strategies for mangrove forests. These problems in turn lead to low living standards for the communities living in mangrove ecosystem areas and to the loss of biodiversity.
In order to address this situation, the main specific objective of this project is to “increase the number of participatory mechanisms for mangrove forest protection and conservation in the regions of Tumbes and Piura” with the development objective of “contributing to improving the standard of living of the population in mangrove ecosystem areas in the regions of Tumbes and Piura, Northwest Peru”. In order to achieve these objectives, the following outputs are proposed: 1) Adequate use of legal powers by regional and local governments for the conservation of mangrove forests; 2) Improved level of forest administration and management so as to preserve mangrove ecosystems; 3) Financial sustainability strategies for mangrove forests developed and under implementation.
The main activities to be implemented in this project are: training of regional and local government officers in environmental standards and regulations; legal recognition of new protected areas in mangrove ecosystems; strengthening of the management of the natural protected area of Tumbes Mangroves; implementation of participatory management mechanisms; training of local communities in resource management and environmental education campaigns; studies for the establishment of revenue-raising mechanisms to ensure mangrove forest sustainability; promotion and support of business plans for the use of resources so as to contribute to the mitigation of threats to mangrove ecosystems.