Farming for Biodiversity

The Mountain Institute (Peru)

Entry Overview

Drying puna ecosystems pose serious threats to the agro-pastoral livelihoods of mountain people, to the unique wildlife adapted to the puna, including the locally endangered vicuña, and to people downstream who depend on the puna for their water supply.

Farmers identified the restoration of ancient hydraulic systems as a solution to improve the condition of puna ecosystems. Implementation through green-grey hybrid technologies was co-designed with experts and ad hoc community research groups from two communities in Peru and was coupled with capacity building and community management plans to ensure sustainability.

This solution has resulted in improved local water availability, increased livestock productivity for greater food security and economic benefits, improved biodiversity richness and abundance, and ecosystem-wide resilience to climate change.


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