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.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROJECTS
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.
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.
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.