Deforestation in Peru: a slippery slope

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Peru’s forests are disappearing. In only 15 years, one million hectares of woodland have been cut down in a country that holds 13% of the Amazon rainforest.

Not only does deforestation threaten its unique ecosystems, but the livelihood of millions of farmers who depend on trees to survive.

But there’s hope. Farmers who have never met are helping one another by reforesting their land. Those who live at the top of a mountain depend on trees for cooking, heating and housing, but cutting down trees threatens the livelihood of farmers further inland. With the help of our partners at Progreso, these communities are now planting trees in the very mountains where they live, for everyone’s benefit.

This is a story about how we are all connected by trees.