Valuing Sustainable Alternative Livelihoods in Madre de Dios, Peru
- Lead PI: Joshua D. Fisher
Unit Affiliation: Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4)
- January 2017 - December 2017
- South America ; Madre de Dios, Peru
- Project Type: Research
DESCRIPTION: This project looked at socio-economic analyses of livelihoods in the Madre de Dios to assess whether informal gold mining is indeed a better livelihood than forest-friendly activities for Peruvians who live in Madre de Dios, one of the most biodiverse regions of the world.
OUTCOMES: The published study found that more sustainable activities—including Brazil nut harvesting and fish farming—can actually outpace the financial gains of gold mining and serve as a solution to long-term forest conservation in the Amazon. Some outcomes include recommendations for investments into small and tailored investments in forest-friendly activities.
Blog: Rainforest-Friendly Livelihoods Can Be More Lucrative Than Gold Mining