The Amazon Rainforest is critical to the health of the entire planet. Lupunaluz is acquiring land to protect primary forest and to secure the future of the planet’s most critically important ecosystems. Along with the purchase of land we implement a ‘land guardian’ program of local residents who protect land from logging and poachers. This guardian program is essential to the successful maintenance of the forests integrity and security.
Indigenous arts & culture
Shipibo women carry forward the patterns and stories of their culture. Intricate patterns tell stories of trees, journeys, songs, people, vibration and history. Embedded in Shipibo art is the language of plants. Through weaving, painting and embroidery the women pass the knowledge and craft down to their daughters.
The Forest Guardian program provides a home for a local family and monthly salary to regularly patrol blocks of land. If a block of land is inhabited, opportunistic loggers and poachers stay away. Our guardians are educated on our conservation policy which in turn has an effect on the wider forest community. The guardians also form a network of vital data collection. Through them we are able to gather information on animal populations and habitats, monitor seasonal variability, collect botanical samples and stay abreast of local government and community issues. It takes just $100 per month to fund a local family as a forest protector.
Indigenous Plant Knowledge
Amazonian plants are only useful when they come paired with the indigenous knowledge holders who remember their vital combinations and uses. With each generation we are losing more and more plant wisdom as young people move to urban environments. We’ve reached a point of serious crisis as this generation of elders is one of the last to remember local plant methods and uses. When this generation of elders is gone, it’s as if an entire library disappears.