Camino Verde

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to restore the forest landscapes of the Amazon by strengthening forest communities. We do this by partnering with Amazonian farmers and native communities to regenerate forests and improve livelihoods.

Description

Over a decade of planting trees in the Peruvian Amazon has shown us that the necessary tools, strategies, and technologies exist to bring back forest landscapes.
Historically, efforts to restore tropical rainforests have been hindered by the exclusion of forest-dependent people, the critical actors in deforestation and in any attempt to regenerate forests.
One of the factors that motivates many Amazonian farmers to pursue livelihood activities that are destructive to the rainforest is market accessibility for the kinds of products obtained – timber, cash crops like corn and rice, cattle and charcoal.  For long-term forest landscape restoration efforts to be successful, bridges must be built to markets that prefer products sourced from regenerative Amazonian farms.
Our approach centers around linking restoration activities to the production of non-timber forest products that offer improved livelihood for Amazonian communities. In other words, we are farmers working with farmers to plant trees that provide valuable fruits while growing the rainforest back. 
Given the opportunity, rainforest people are the most effective and knowledgable conservationists and regenerators of forest.

Program Details

Amazon Regeneration:

Our founding program, the core of what we do. 

From 2007-2016, Amazonian Regeneration focused on the establishment of our Living Seed Bank and reforestation center, home to over 20 hectares planted and 400 species of trees so far, source of seeds for the future. Now we're taking the lessons learned there and sharing them with communities and farmers in the Peruvian Amazon. 

The AR program is about making reforestation tangible. Every year we invite farmers, institutions, visitors, and students to see restoration agroforestry live and in person at our reforestation center.  We want to share what we do, so others find their own inspiration. 
A keystone of AR today: each year our tree nurseries produce 20,000 seedlings, representing over 100 species of trees.  These seedlings are part of efforts to productively restore degraded gold mining areas, farms, and ranches.  We source seed from the 120 ha (300 acres) of rainforest we protect directly in Tambopata, and from a network of seed providers throughout the Peruvian Amazon – an area slightly larger than Pakistan. 
The implications of strategies that work to regenerate the Amazon's communities and ecology are global. There's only one Amazon and we're all breathing it. 

Research and Advocacy:

Researching the ecology and sustainable development of rainforest products in benefit of Amazonian communities since 2006

Our research and advocacy branch seeks to further the state of knowledge of economically productive restoration strategies through research and implementation.  Toward best practices, we road test replicable models and design the mechanisms to take them to scale.

This program is a collaboration with forest people, other researchers, and institutions to grow our implementation and widely share its results with forest communities, the scientific community, forestry and development practitioners, government agencies and others who may be able to apply our lessons in their work or share our results with others.
What this Program Does: Our research studies key ecological aspects of the species we work with, explores practical ways to restore endangered tree species and degraded landscapes, and helps design best practices to sustainably harvest non-timber forest products (NTFPs) from both wild and cultivated plants.  The role of the research is to first develop and test models at a small-scale and later apply and evaluate their results in larger areas with more people and communities.  
Through our pioneering research on essential oils in Loreto and Madre de Dios, since 2011 we have created alliances with like-minded organizations and companies to connect well-managed regenerative production to markets that prefer these products. 

Farmer Innovators:

Agro-ecologists in training throughout the Peruvian Amazon, these farmers are the future of restoration

From Ampiyacu in the North to Tambopata in the South our partner farmers are part of a growing supply chain enterprise implementing the strategies that work to restore the Amazon while improving livelihoods for families and communities.

This program proliferates seedlings and training and connects farmers to markets throughout the Peruvian Amazon, helping establish robust regenerative supply chains.
A cornerstone of this initiative to date is our Artisan Outreach program, working with more than 200 Amazonian craftspeople to develop and market innovative fair-trade handicrafts.  Developed initially by our partner the Center for Amazon Community Ecology, our cooperative efforts with farmer families to grow rosewood and moena trees and harvest copal resin from primary forest have resulted in the production of high-value essential oils.  
Our outreach includes innovative and traditional agro-forestry approaches to increase the production of food and other products for family use and sale.  Most of our community partners are strategically located near major protected areas. Improving quality of life through the creative use of natural resources reinforces people's agency and efficacy as forest protectors.

Camino Verde Botanicals:

The goal of our brand of direct source non-timber forest products is to add value to the living forest through regenerative enterprise.

Our unique aromatic essential oils are meant to connect your senses to the Amazon.  Prepare to be transported. 

Camino Verde designs high ecological and social standards for the sustainable harvest of the plant materials that go into the making of our artisanal products. 

We offer premium rainforest products to world markets including a growing number of unique Amazonian essential oils and – soon – a range of innovative, beautiful handicrafts.  (You'll be able to find them here.)  We are committed to fairly paying the artisans who make the products we sell and reinvest a part of our revenues to support health, education and conservation needs in our partner communities.  
Essential oil production is handled by us, the Camino Verde staff, with sourcing relationships in several Amazonian communities.  As an inherent part of every Camino Verde endeavor, we partner with producer communities to plant the trees that go into these products. 
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95 Marthas Point Rd.
Concord, MA 01742
United States
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