ASOCIACION PLANTANDO FUTURO

WHO WE ARE

“Plantando Futuro” is a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of nature and the wellbeing of the people living in the natural areas where Green Tours regularly runs its tours within Peru.

After several years of professional tourism operation in every corner of Peru, the founders and employees of Green Tours felt that it was time to increase the level of commitment and responsibility with the local people living in natural areas where the company was working. Indeed, the non-profit organization model is helping Green Tours to improve its strategies for nature conservation, environmental education, enhancement of tourism services, and improving the dynamism of small local economies.

CONSERVATION PROJECTS

Loma de las Perdices Private Reserve

Loma de las Perdices is a 14 hectares private reserve property of the Díaz – Camacho families. It is located in Cajamarca, and it’s intended to nature conservation, specially birds and endemic vegetation.

So far, there has been identified seven endemic bird species in the reserve, consequently, the reserve is part of the San Marcos IBA since 2008 (Important Bird Area – Birdlife International). These seven endemic species are Black-necked Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Spot-throated Hummingbird, Buff-bridled Inca-finch, Marañon Gnatcatcher, White-rumped Black-tyrant.

The name “Loma de las Perdices” refers to the Curve-billed Tinamou (Tinamous are known as Perdices in Peru), which is quite common in the area, however, difficult to see. Even if the species is not a Peruvian endemic, its distribution range is restricted to the Andes of Ecuador and northern Peru.

Peruvian Plantcutter Conservation Project

An important project in west-northern Peru for the conservation of the habitat of the Peruvian Plantcutter, a Peruvian endemic bird restricted to the dry forests of the Pacific coast of northern Peru. The project is led by Peruvian-British conservationist Jeremy Flanagan. The project focuses its activities in the Piura region, with habitat restoration and environmental education activities. We are helping Jeremy since 2017 with the production of mesquite tree seedlings and other native species used to repopulate degraded areas of the forest. You can learn more about this project here.

Arena Blanca Private Reserve

This is a private conservation initiative located near the small town of Aguas Verdes, in the San Martin department in northeast Peru. The property, 12 hectares of white sand forest, belongs to Norbil Becerra and his family. After some five years of hard work, Norbil has positioned Arena Blanca as a major birding hotspot in northern Peru. He has hummingbird feeders visited by more than twenty species, and a Tinamou feeder visited by at least two species of tinamous and one species of Wood-Quail. He is now building an eco-lodge, which should be ready to welcome visitors soon. Since the number of birders visiting the area is increasing year after year, Asociación Green Tours is helping Norbil with some aspects of his accounting and administration matters, and improving the quality of the services he is offering to the visitors.

Know more about Norbil’s conservation story here.

El Rejo Private Reserve

A family owned patch of about 30 hectares of mountain humid forests and high elevation grasslands, above the Río Marañon valley. In 2017, a team of Green Tours visited the area and discovered what could be very important populations of the endemic Cajamarca Antpitta, and the uncommon Jelski’s Chat-Tyrant. The area is mostly covered by Alder forest, with large populations of beautiful birds like Northern Mountain Cacique, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-tanager, Blue-and-black Tanager, Red-crested Cotinga. Other interesting birds in the reserve are Black-necked Woodpecker, Puna Snipe, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Swordbill Hummingbird, White-tailed Shrike-tyrant. At Green Tours, we have started to promote the area to local birders in 2020, and in 2021 we are already bringing local groups to the reserve. This is generating now some economic income, and the owners are already improving the entrance road and the trails inside the property. Furthermore, they are very keen to establish a formal nature reserve.

Activities

  • Birding at the school
  • Committee for the birding and nature tourism development in the Alto Mayo and Huallaga valleys, northern Peru.

New book: Watching birds in northern Peru

In 2017, Green Tours along with other institutions, published Jeremy Flanagan’s book “The Northern Peru Birding Routes”. This year, thanks to the support of Wilson Diaz and Carlos Calle, we are working on preparing a new, fresh, and completely different edition of the book, with more photographs, maps, and more places to go birding. Subscribe to our blog to keep updated.

Donations

Green Tours is donating 10% of its benefits to fund the association’s activities and conservation projects. Additionally, if you are a participant of any of the company’s birding tours, US$ 50 of your money will go to the association.

If you wish to give an extra donation, please send an email to wilson.diaz@greentours.com.pe

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