In order to stop tropical deforestation in the amazon, as well as in Africa and Asia; an international effort is necessary, focusing on applying policies that guarantee the sustainability of all the products that come from tropical zones, especially timber that can be cut ilegally, but legally imported into many other countries.
The growing levels of meat consumption in industrialized societies and the industrialization itself should be adorbados with the goal of putting less pressure on the agricultural front in the Amazon. Climate change should adorbarse on a global level, while amazonian communities should recieve more economic incentives to use the forest in a sustainable manner, use of the limited resources of the rainforest.
Finally, a wide network of protected areas, including natural reserves and indigenous reserves, is necessary to establish a series of interconncted corridors throughout the amazon.
Keeping in mind the density of species of low tropical forest, with small quantities of each species of flora in the área as determined by unit, scientists now believe that successful reserves need to be extensive in size, generally at least 10,000 hectares is preferable; if the goal is to preserve the true biodiversity of the amazon.
From its inception, Explorer's Inn in Tambopata Reserve has been deeply committed to supporting local communities and ensuring that the benefits of both our business and our conservation work are shared with them as much as possible. In addition to employing local people and sourcing most of our supplies from nearby family producers, we also support local communities in their efforts to achieve community-based sustainable development.
More than 90% of Explorer's Inn in Tambopata Reserve rainforest staff come either from communities along the Tambopata river or from Puerto Maldonado. Most of the perishable food items, in particular fruit, vegetables, grains and tubers such as potatoes and cassava, are sourced locally. Even our boats are still made the traditional way, from a hollowed-out tree trunk, by local boat-wrights in Puerto Maldonado, although comfortable seats have now been added to these dugout canoes!
We also go out of our way to help create sustainable economic opportunities for local communities. Whilst staying at the Inn, guests can visit and interact with local families who benefit from cash payments per visitor as well as from the sale of handicrafts to guests. All craftwork sold in the Inn’s shop is sourced locally in the Tambopata area, with many of the items made by native indigenous artisans — often women — including necklaces, earrings, basketry, bows and arrows, and many other items painstakingly made from sustainably-harvested forest products collected from the local area.
Explorer's Inn Tambopata Ecolodge is also well known locally for taking on recently qualified local guides from the ecotourism guiding schools in Puerto Maldonado, and providing them with training in languages, natural history and ecology, with the help of our experienced guiding team, Resident Naturalists and other visiting research scientists. Indeed, most rainforest guides in Tambopata have passed through Explorer's Inn Tambopata Ecolodge at one stage or another during their career.
Through strategic alliances with nonprofit organizations, such as Fauna Forever and Trees-Peru, the Inn also supports a range of community- and family-based projects. These include: The development of rural guest houses or home-stays in communities, with the lodge providing logistical support, tourism know-how, contacts and marketing channels; the establishment and maintenance of conservation corridors on family-owned lands in exchange for monetary, educational and health benefits (also funded by donations from guests).
These corridors serve to bridge the deforested gaps between the Tambopata National Reserve and the intact forests of protected areas and Brazil-nut concessions to the north and west of the lodge; and small-scale construction and maintenance projects on community-managed infrastructure undertaken with the help of the Inn’s volunteers and Resident Naturalists.
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