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Environmental Education

Since 2002, the FZS Peru has contributed to the environmental education and formal education of the resident communities of the natural protected areas of the southeastern regions of Peru.


FZS is present in different communities and works in collaboration with regional governments, public institutions and other non-governmental organizations (NGO) to promote and preserve the natural protected areas. For more than 12 years, our team has been committed to developing a multi-sectorial agenda that includes topics like diversity protection, the importance of protected areas, skills training development and ecological workshops, as part of our curricular and extracurricular activities.


We seek to educate and change the attitudes of the local population about the importance of environmental conservation of the natural protected areas, their biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources.


The areas of influence are mainly primary schools in the buffer zone of the Manu National Park, the Tambopata National Reserve and the Alto Purus National Park.


In 2015, we made notable progress with our education efforts. Thanks to the Sarastro Project, the Environmental Education program was expanded and integrated into the formal secondary education program through the construction and management of the boarding house facility in Boca Manu.


This boarding house takes in young Matsiguenka men and women from within the Manu National Park that wish to continue on from primary to secondary schooling. The students receive meals, security and educational support from their teachers. They also develop professional skills through interactive workshops in baking, horticulture and carpentry. 

Materiales educativos

coloring books

La mayoría de los materiales educativos usados en este proyecto son producidos por la FZS Perú, como los libros de colorear, guías metodológicas o juegos de memoria y dominó. Son ampliamente reconocidas por los usuarios así como las demás organizaciones con las que trabajamos.

Nuestros materiales respetan el criterio de interculturalidad que existe en Perú, los cuales son diseñados con especies de la región y en idiomas como el quechua, matsiguenka, haramkbut o yine.

Materiales educativos

Educational Materials

coloring books

The majority of educational materials used in the Sarastro Project is produced by the FZS Peru and include coloring books, methodology guides and memory games. These materials have been widely implemented in educational settings in addition to within the organizations with whom we work.

Our educational materials respect the intercultural criteria in effect in Peru, like materials illustrated with examples of regional flora and fauna and in native languages including Quechua, Matsiguenka, Harakbut and Yine.

Educational Materials


Johny Farfan (middle) and Enit Martínez (right) talking to Matsiguenka indians in Yomibato, Manu NP, Peru. © Daniel Rosengren

BMUB Project
This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. The FZS Peru has been responsible for implementing the BMUB project in collaboration with SERNANP, municipal and district governments since 2013. 

uncontacted tribes alto purus peoples

Purus - Manu Conservation Corridor

The Purus - manu Conservation Corridor Project provides long-term support for the preservation of biodiversity on behalf of the local communities and indigenous groups living in voluntary isolation that inhabit the region.

 The FZS Peru seeks to support, strengthen and implement activities for the effective management of the protected areas. 

Paulina Conde and Matsiguenka girls in the Matsiguenka School in Boca Manu, Peru. © Daniel Rosengren

The Sarastro Project is named for the foundation by which it is financed and is principally dedicated to strengthening formal education for the Matsiguenka communities at both the primary and secondary levels. It also seeks to strengthen environmental education in the Madre de Dios region through awareness and infrastructure activities regarding indigenous populations issues and capacity building for the Management Committee of the PN Manu that brings together Matsiguenka representatives.