Alto Huayabamba Conservation (Peru)
The Alto Huayabamba Conservation project protects a city-size area of high-Andes forest, ranging from lush tropical cloud forests to barren mountain tops. The diversity of ecosystems in the project’s region owe to the dramatic elevation change in the project. The project is bounded on all sides by protected regions. To the north and south the forests are protected by the Peruvian government, to the east the Andes mountains block all passage (and the forest is replaced by alpine tundra), and to the west another conservation project abuts this one. The land is ultimately owned by the Peruvian government, but a 40 year concession has been granted to the current land managers (an NGO) for the protection of biodiversity, education, and scientific research.